Those Who Protect Us

The commanders of units of a hundred did just as Jehoiada the priest ordered. Each one took his men—those who were going on duty on the Sabbath and those who were going off duty—and came to Jehoiada the priest. Then he gave the commanders the spears and shields that had belonged to King David and that were in the temple of the LORD. The guards, each with his weapon in his hand, stationed themselves around the king—near the altar and the temple, from the south side to the north side of the temple. 2 Kings 11:9-11

Hundreds of men were required to protect this seven-year-old boy. They even got weapons that belonged to King David, which I’m sure was extremely honorable in those days. Their job was thankless and risky. At any moment, they could be attacked and overrun, and slaughtered in the process. Their pay was probably miniscule compared to the risk involved.

Those who protect our leaders have a very thankless job. In fact, those who protect us have an even more thankless job. They are scorned, called vile names, and have things thrown at them. Take the time this week to thank a trooper, local cop, or deputy sheriff. If see men and women in military uniforms, thank them as well. Tell them you are praying for them, and then pray for them. They often have to make difficult decisions quickly, and it could endanger their own lives.

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