[Papercut Press Publishing]Devotional - 97-11-11 - Veteran's Day

1 Samuel 17:47: for the battle is the Lord’s

Today is Veteran’s Day and the post office is closed, probably lots of other places are also closed. I’m not sure why the second Tuesday in November is Veteran’s day. The only historical facts I could dig up was the following. It is on this day, November 11, 1918 that Private Harry Gunther, from Baltimore, was killed. It might seem of little significance but it is of great significance because he was the last American to be killed during World War I. It is also on this day in 1918 that Germany signed the armistice treaty, in a railroad car, in Compiegne, France, that ended the first World War. Are we hearing the Jeopardy theme song yet? Christians are at war today. We fight about lots of stuff. There is a stigmatism that goes with being a Christian. But the battle with the world’s treatment and view of a Christian is not our toughest hill to conquer. Our greatest battles, our real war, is the war against sin. This battle is either fought tenaciously or it is lost. One of my all time favorite book titles is one by the Puritan Ralph Venning, “The sinfulness of sin”. Tell it like it is. Sin is sinful and that is why we must wage war against it. I would be interested to hear from any veterans who have done battle, I would ask, which is tougher, an exchange of enemy fire, or a moment by moment struggle to live before a Holy God? This is a day when we honor those who have made and preserved our nation as a free land. Private Harry Gunther paid with his life. That is the cost of being a Veteran. They must count the cost and weigh in the balance that their very lives are on the line. There is a form of counting the cost for the follower of Christ also. The cost of being a follower of Christ is your life itself. Our lives are now “hid with God”. Our lives are now “enlisted” as it were, in the army of God. But where would you rather enlist? I can think of no army I would rather be in.

“The purpose of all war is peace.” Augustine

“I don’t mind martyrdom for a policy in which I believe, but I object to being burnt for someone else’s principles.” John Galsworthy

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim