• Today's Daily Devotion
Order Out of Chaos
I REMEMBER THE day as if it were yesterday. I reported for work that autumn day as I had many others before it. As I hung my gear in the officer’s position, I marveled ...

Craig Duck, Lieutenant, Engine Co. 11 – Washington, DC, Fire Department; Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International Atlantic States Regional Director / International Board Member


Restoring peace and hope in a world gone wrong

I REMEMBER THE day as if it were yesterday. I reported for work that autumn day as I had many others before it. As I hung my gear in the officer’s position, I marveled at the clear blue sky and the warm temperature. Like many firefighters in America, we were sitting around the television that September day when we first saw the images of the planes hitting the towers in New York. We began to discuss the tactics and strategies the New York City firefighters would be using, not realizing we would be going to our own disaster within minutes. When the box alarm was sounded in our firehouse, we were on our way to assist the Arlington Fire Department with a plane that struck the Pentagon. As one could imagine, as we approached the Pentagon, it was a very chaotic scene. Cars were stopped on the highway with people walking about, civilians were just wandering around the Pentagon dazed and confused, and the fire units on the scene were doing their best to organize the rescue and firefighting groups.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

The Pentagon was the largest disaster any of us had ever responded to in this region of the country. The radio was abuzz with priority messages and firefighters trying to explain what they needed. The scene was one of chaos. I will never forget how one chief changed all that.

When this chief arrived, everything changed on the radio. We became more organized as we listened to him, and people seemed to calm down. The chief’s calm voice reassured us it would be all right, and that he was in control. That chief reminds me of God, and how he always reassures his children during times of trouble. Isaiah knew this kind of reassurance when he wrote, “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13). God is in control—we need to listen to him during times of trouble.

In the midst of your next trial just remember that God, our Incident Commander, always makes order out of chaos.


Help me, Lord, to live my life for you so I can be used by you in times of trouble, and be calmed by your comfort.

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