Cries from the Fox Hole
Many of our Special Forces are strong, brave, macho, independent, competent, and heavy partiers when given leave. Jesus can seem to be far from their world of automatic weapons, night vision goggles, camouflage, and bullet proof vests. A young man raised in our church chose this life, excelled in the training, and then thrived when deployed. The deadly intensity of real missions pumped the adrenalin and moved him to forget about Jesus. I wouldn’t hear from him for long periods, but then, sometimes late at night, I would get a call, “Pastor Dave, do you have time to talk? “ He was back home on leave and could begin to reflect on the danger he faced and the reality that his life often hung by a thread. I’d tell him, “Sure, it’s awesome just to hear your voice again. I was worried.” Then he’d say, “I need to get things right with Jesus.” Psalm 107 knew the power of times of trouble to call us back home. Four times it beats out this refrain:
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses….
Let them give thanks to the LORD for His covenant gracious love,
And for His wonders—wonders He does for the sons of men.” vv. 6-8, 13-15, 19-21, 28-31
My Special Forces man is now out of the service, happily married, and raising his kids. I’m thankful that he and his wife, also retired from the military, are helping their small children to not wait until they are in serious trouble before they call out and trust in the LORD”s loyal love.
Lord, move all of us who are in dire straits today to discover Jesus—the One who delivers us from our worst enemy. Help us to give thanks to you in the good time, not just cry out when we get in trouble.
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