It was the height of the Battle of Britain in World War II. England was the target of frequent air raids by German bombers. The people were terrified day and night as the enemy aircraft flew across the English Channel, unloading their cargoes of death and destruction on the helpless villages below. But the English had a secret weapon, the Royal Air Force. This was an incredible group of pilots who were entrusted with the daunting task of defending Britain from the German bombers.

One day as the pilots gathered in a mess hall at an English outpost, they took a moment to catch their breath. But the dirty, disheveled, sleep-deprived men were suddenly stirred to action by a buzzer and the following message in a distinct English accent: “Bandits at 1500 feet, over. P25, over.” The pilots scrambled to their feet and raced for the runways.

The quadrant leader paused and barked a short reply back into the intercom, “Message received and understood.”

When the Allied forces emerged victorious from the war, Sir Winston Churchill recounted, “Never before in the field of human combat have so many owed so much to so few.” The entire nation of Great Britain owed its survival to the brave members of the Royal Air Force and their diligence to receive, understand, and respond to the urgent messages of peril.

We must be just as careful to hear what God has to say and do it. You may excuse yourself because you feel too weak, tired, and unworthy to assume such a responsibility. God permits no walkouts in His army. The welfare of your family and friends is dependent upon your swift and thorough obedience. Answer the call today.

It is not what I do that matters, but what a sovereign God chooses to do through me. God does not want worldly successes, He wants me. — Elizabeth Dole

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.