In the book of Joshua we experience bouts of true faithfulness. After the passing of Moses, God commissioned Joshua as his servant. He said to Joshua, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) Shortly after, God told Joshua to command the people and prepare to cross the Jordan River on foot. To a less faithful man this would be a tall order and cause one to question the directive. But Joshua went into the camp and commanded the people as God directed. They responded, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.” (Joshua 1:16) As the Lord commanded, the people of Israel would later cross the River Jordan, standing firmly on dry ground in the midst of where the waters of the Jordan River once ran. Their faithfulness said, “Okay, Lord. I’ll go.”
Later the Lord spoke to Joshua saying, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor.” (Joshua 6:2) Joshua was then commanded to march around the City of Jericho once a day for six days. On the seventh day it was commanded that the men would march around Jericho seven times, after which time seven priests would make loud blasts with their trumpets and horns and the people will shout causing the city walls to fall down flat. Without question or hesitation Joshua heeded these commands and set out as the Lord so ordered. His actions said, “Okay, Lord. I’ll go.”
Police officers are much like a modern day Joshua. Without much consideration for risk or probability officers go where they are called and where they are needed. They meet people where they are in that moment. Their actions simply state, “I’ll go.”
I’ll go; without flinch or fail I will answer the call.
Failure is never an option so I’ll forever give my all.
I’ll go; though my flesh may tremble and grow weary.
No time to falter I stand on faith, clinging dearly.
I’ll go; as the Lord commanded, I will stand strong and courageous.
For traits like strength, honor, and integrity are all contagious.
I’ll go; for I took an oath whose decrees and tenets I shall hold ever true.
I know I risk my life each day, it’s something I’m prepared to do.
I’ll go; I trust the Lord to forever be my sword, my shield, and my guide.
Through humble grace I am promised that the Holy Spirit will rest, rule, and abide.
I’ll go; even though danger lurks and uncertainty creeps.
For the warrior has no room in his character to be mild and meek.
I’ll go; I will be humble in my actions and encouraging with my words.
Knowing that actions speak louder than any one word that was ever heard.
I’ll go; with the promise that I will never be left to fight alone or be forsaken.
Any attempts to dissuade my resolve are sadly misguided and mistaken.
I’ll go; I will do what’s commanded of me and traverse where I am sent.
I’ll lay it all on the line and love thy neighbor, it’s the way love was truly meant.
I’ll go; I’ll stand firm in the gap in pursuit of all that is just and right.
I will preserve the covenant at all costs, be it through love or through fight.
I’ll go; for I know that there is no other option that exists.
Victory belongs to the one who consistently persists.
I’ll go; because in the end I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The answer is always simple if ever asked, “will you fight or will you stay?”