[CF Devotionals] 2020-01-21 - Rescues

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Richard and I are faithful fans of the television series, "Live PD" ©. When you have a lot of experiencer in law enforcement work, it is nigh impossible to enjoy fictional crime shows, because they are so grossly inaccurate, giving the public - not to mention future jury members - very unrealistic views of the criminal justice system as well as those who commit crimes. But "Live PD" is as authentic as you can get, beacuse it is basically what is called a "ridealong" with officers, with many incidents happening at that moment - showing the adventures, dangers and horrible, disrepsectful, hateful attitudes they face on a daily basis, with drivers and others already evincing those attitudes before the officer even speaks one word to them. Viewers see what many of us already knew, for example - how often people refuse to obey an officer's commands (which IS a violation of law, btw) or comply, such as the instruction to take hands out of pockets, which is a NECESSITY since there are too many officers being shot by hidden weapons., and officers don't have x-ray vision. It is a good way for people to see what actually happens in REAL life, as opposed to the incomplete picture shown by "crime dramas" or edited videos from witnesses who happen to be friends or family of defendants, and usually do not show what happened "in the beginning" (See Michael Brown case as a great example of that, since he never "had hands up" and actually used his hands to beat up the officer's face, per Obama's AG's own report.)

The highly popular show now has a spinoff called "Live Rescue" which follows paramedics on their calls.

I worked for many years as a Crime Victim Advocate in a prosecutor's office, and saw literally thousands of INNOCENT VICTIMS of violence as well as non-violent crimes such as having their identify stolen, crimes that are still traumatizing and liife-changing. But there is another side, as well. Looking at news stories as well as "Live PD" and advertisements for "Live Rescue," we have noticed how often the calls are related to things that the victims bring on themselves - such as injuries sustained from stupid things they have done while high on drugs, picking fights when they have drunk too much, hanging out with people who are known criminals, getting stuck in dangerous water after violating rules that are clearly written on signs warning them about avoiding the areas etc. In some of these situations, the injured and endangered people also put their rescuers' lives in danger, caring only about satisfying their own desires or preferences of the moment.

Basically, the police and firefighters spend a lot of time rescuing people from THEMSELVES.

Isn't that what happens with God, too? Most definitely, there are times when He has to help us through situations such as auto accidents in which we are victims, illnesses we cannot prevent like Richard's own Guillain-Barre Syndrome and the like. But additionally, God spends a lot of time extricating us from situations that we bring onto ourselves - indlueint taking up bad habits, participating in ungodly actigites with nonbelieving friends who see nothing wrong with them etc.

In the end, we all must make our own decisions and take responsibility, stop blaming others and instead look prayerfully n the mirror - or we will never grow as Christians - and individuals, families and communities will not heal. Excuses don't cut it, with God. We are all responsible for our OWN behavior. When we do find ourselves in a mess, we need to follow David's example:

Psalm 51:11-19 (TOL)
  1. Hide Your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.

  2. Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

  3. Do not cast me from Your presence—
    take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me..

  4. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
    and sustain me with a willing spirit.

  5. Then will I teach transgressors Your ways
    and sinners will return to You.

  6. Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God—
    God of my salvation.
    Then my tongue will sing for joy of Your righteousness.

  7. O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare Your praise.

  8. For You would not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it,
    nor be pleased by burnt offerings.

  9. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
    A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

[email jan] Janice P. Moser

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