Flak Vest Devotion #23 — Protecting Classified Information

The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Psalms 37:23

Top Secret, Secret and Confidential are the most common classifications that protect United States sensitive data. Anyone who has ever worked with classified information knows that the quickest way to meet an installation commander is to mis-manage the safeguarding of our nations secrets. When a breach of security is discovered regarding classified information, whether intentional or inadvertent, immediate notification is made to the person in charge of security for an installation. An investigation is immediately launched which results in a close examination of procedures to safeguard classified information.

When dealing with sensitive information, the term “need to know” often comes up in conversation. This terminology explains the concept that only those members of the Department of Defense who truly have an official need to know the information can have access. Being a member of the military does not necessarily grant open access to classified information. There has to be a demonstrated need for access and a past reputation for being someone that can be trusted with the nation’s most closely guarded secretive information. Intense background investigations are conducted to confirm this demonstrated trustworthiness. Too much is at stake not to be diligent in granting access to classified information.

Many of us would love to know the future and God’s plan for our life. However, the Lord keeps us in the dark due to our “need to know”. In Jeremiah 29:11, God confirms that He has a plan for His children but at no time does He ever promise to reveal it in its entirety to us. We are to live by faith, everyday consulting the “manager” of our life for that day’s mission in our life. If God were to show us His entire future plan for our lives, we would not be able to handle it with the maturity needed. Additionally, we would have the innate desire to attempt to change it. We have trouble keeping our hands off of God’s plan and will usually try to interfere.

However, we do not live our lives in a blind vacuum. For the born again believer, he is in a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. A Christian can rely upon the promise that as he is led by the spirit of God, “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” We may not know beyond the current day what life holds, but the plan is not locked away in a dusty safe with a large sign that says “classified”. God has the plan for your life firmly in His hand and is moving you towards accomplishing the mission he has for you. You may not have a need to know, but you are fully authorized to talk openly about what God has done in your life.

Lord, thank you that your plans are very apparent to you. They are not classified and protected so that very people will know. Help me to remember to proclaim your glory today and to let people know of your grace you have displayed upon my life.