Today, November 11th is Veterans Day. The first official celebration using the term “Veterans Day” happened in Alabama in 1947.* The day originally was called Armistice Day and formally began in 1921 when an unknown World War I veteran was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
This particular day was meant to be a universal day of celebration around the world for countries to honor those soldiers lost during World War I. These celebrations all took place in recognition of the end of the war which occurred on November 11, 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day and the 11th month.
My father, stepfather and father-in-law all served in the Air Force. Two of the three saw active combat. My father-in-law gave a lifetime of service as a pilot, flying in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
War and combat can radically change an individual. My family members carried the scars of their experiences throughout their lifetimes. But yet, each would say they were proud to represent their country.
The bible is filled with battle encounters all with varying outcomes. Perhaps one of the most impressive accounts is the story of Gideon in the book of Judges, Chapter 7. It’s clear from Scripture that God was totally in control of this battle – so much so that he purposely reduced the size of Gideon’s army from 32,000 men to a mere 300. The purpose of the drastic reduction in manpower was designed by God so that HE would get the credit for this success rather than the Israelites boasting of victory because of their impressive manpower.
The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. Judges 7:2 (NLT)
War is ugly and scary. But there is no better way to enter into a battle than knowing God has got your back as in Gideon’s case.
The current situation between Russia and Ukraine is much cause for concern. If things were to escalate to the point of a nuclear attack – now is the time to know without a doubt that God has got your back. Scary? Yes. But if you are a Christ follower, it means you don’t have to live in a constant state of panic, fear or worry.
Jesus can change the outcomes of world events. With prayer, anything is possible! Jesus can give you unimaginable peace in the midst of life’s storms. We are not meant to live in a state of chronic fear. Give ALL of your worries and fears to Jesus.
Veterans deserve our thanks and respect. If you know a veteran – give them a hug and be sure to thank them for their service. It’s the least we can do!
“When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you! For the LORD your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!’ Deuteronomy 20:1, 4 (NLT)