November 11, 2021

Honor, Duty, Country

Written by Boyd Bailey

“We honor God when we include Him and His principles in our conversations and in crafting our country’s rule of law.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 11, 2021

All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands. 1 Samuel 17:47

Nations with effective armies are founded on honor, duty, and country. ‘Honor’ is worship of the Creator and respect for His creation. ‘Duty’ is obedience to God and His word, and the obligation to promote peace and tranquility. ‘Country’ is a fierce loyalty to the home of the brave and land of the free. Honor, duty and country promote a tenacious trust in the Lord, and not arrogant reliance on our military might.

We honor God when we include Him and His principles in our conversations and in crafting our country’s rule of law. We honor fellow citizens by providing an environment of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is why our men and women die in defense of nations. Without faith, family and freedom as compelling reasons for war we will fail. Armies honor their own. They cover each other’s back, with no one left behind.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7).

Duty is a determination to do what’s right for the benefit of the whole. You do what you have to do, to engage and defeat the enemy. There is a relentless sense of duty that sets apart average armies from excellent armies. Cold and rain, guns and bullets, blood and injury, and illness and disease do not keep the determined defenders from persevering in pain. Responsibility to finish the drill drives those dogged by dignity and duty.

A country communicates courage by defending a nation’s ideals. Not a thirst for power, but a trust in Providence. Men and women will die for a country of character, one rooted in righteous behavior. God and country go together like apple pie and ice cream. The integration of fidelity of faith and proud patriotism resists war, but when called upon to fight for freedom, finishes the course. Indebted Christian citizens ask, ‘Am I grateful to God for our veterans?’ ‘Do I pray the Lord’s peace and protection for them?’ 

Here is a moving prayer in response to defending our nation by President Roosevelt: 

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far. And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. Read the entire prayer.

“No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength” (Psalm 33:16).


Heavenly Father, thank you for the freedom we have in Christ, and the many freedoms our country enjoys, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.


Who can I bless today who is a veteran of the Armed Forces?

Related Reading

1 Samuel 17:25-47; Psalm 20:9; Isaiah 31:1; Hebrews 11:33-35

Worship Resource

Lee Greenwood: God Bless the U.S.A.


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