By   •   June 7, 2010   •   Topics: , ,


Our son is planning to enlist in the military in a few months. I know we're supposed to believe God will take care of him, but right now we've got a bad case of nerves and our fears are a lot stronger than our faith. How can we get over this?


Almost every parent who’s seen a son or daughter (or in my case, a grandson) enter the military has had similar feelings — and they are understandable. You love your son very much, and you know he is choosing an important but potentially dangerous career.

But God also loves your son — in fact, even more than you do! If God didn’t care for your son, you’d have every right to be nervous and fearful. But He does care about him — and that’s why you can trust him into God’s hands, even in the face of uncertainty and danger. The Bible’s promise is clear: “The Lord watches over you. The Lord is like a shade tree at your right hand” (Psalm 121:5, NIRV).

Does this mean your son will never face danger, or even injury or death, in the years ahead? I wish I could promise this — but I can’t, because evil is real, and no one is exempt from life’s dangers. But it does mean you can pray for him and know that God will hear your prayers. It also means that even if hard times come, God is still with you — and with him.

My prayer is that both you and your son will turn to Christ in a fresh way, and commit your lives and your futures into His hands. Then encourage your son to walk with Christ every day as he faces the dangers (and temptations) of military service.

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  1. Betty Kingston says:

    Our military guys get to me in a way that’s so deep I can’t start to explain it. My late husband was a in the military for 10 years and after he returned home, got married and had 3 boys, the Lord called him to preach. The Bible became his constant companion and he loved Greek. Any ministerial student will tell you that you can’t really teach the Bible well without knowing the Greek. Anyway, he didn’t encourage our sons to go into the military when they turned 18, but he did make the statement, “I had rather see you in your grave than to refuse to defend your country. It turned out each one of them registered for the draft, if it was ever enacted again and we never knew it. You moms and dads, you have my prayers and my heartfelt thanks!!

  2. Epifania lanzuela says:

    My son, too. Thank you Pastor for your enlightening response.

  3. Valencia B says:

    Please pray for my husband who went away my fear for him. I pray God be with him. Please keep him in prayer.

  4. Patricia Harrison says:

    God bless you and your family, Mr. Graham and thank you for standing fast for God all of your life. I will pray for you and your ministry faithfully.

  5. karilyn says:

    My son-in-law is in the Navy working as a micro-biologist .He is on his way to China today please pray for safety and his

  6. Debra says:

    Please pray for my son and nephew and their units as they will be deployed to Afghanistan in March 2012 for over 1 year…. Thank you

  7. lois says:

    Today my oldest grandson left for boot camp. Yes I cried, but I know that no matter what happens GOD will be there, for him, his family and me. Knowing that JESUS died on the cross for us, my Faith grows everyday. Thank You JESUS!!