Numbers 32:6-7 ESV But Moses said to the people of Gad and to the people of Reuben, “Shall your brothers go to the war while you sit here? (7) Why will you discourage the heart of the people of Israel from going over into the land that the LORD has given them?
When we speak about protecting a nation we ultimately must place that nation under the watch care of God. But even under the watch care of God the nation of Israel had an army of warriors.
They did get in trouble though when they not longer trusted God to be their God and relied totally on the strength of their horses, chariots, and fighting men.
Today we honor our veterans who payed the price to stand in the gap on our behalf, while everyone else was to do their part.
We know that we have a growing number of people in our great country who would disband our military, thinking that it would lead to peace. They discourage our brave men and women in uniform with their words of condemnation. Our great men and women soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines faced the same thing coming home from Vietnam.
The hearts of our fighting force were discouraged.
Not only can discouragement be caused by the hateful and unthankful words of those who think freedom is free, but it can also be caused by those who like the benefits of freedom without lending a hand in any way to make the nation a better place. It can make a soldier ask, "What and who am I fighting for?"
As a veteran of 14 years I know that I like it when someone says "thank you for your service", although it was my honor and joy to do so. We can't all go into the military, therefore think of ways you can encourage those who have and find your place in making our nation a better place.
“Shall your brothers go to the war while you sit here?
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.