George Washington Trusted in Divine Providence

Written by on October 11, 2013 in Christian History, Founding Fathers, George Washington

Continental Army - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaWith the British continuing their build-up for a massive campaign in New York, General George Washington had to bow out of a speaking engagement before Officers and Soldiers of the Pennsylvania Associators [militia]. On August 8, 1776, General Washington communicated his regrets and a word of encouragement: “[T]there can be no doubt that success will Crown our Efforts, if we firmly and resolutely determine, to conquer or die…to be enslaved or free… If we make Freedom our choice, we must obtain it, by the Blessing of Heaven on our united and vigorous efforts…. I trust that Providence will smile upon our Efforts, and establish us once more, the Inhabitants of a free and happy Country.”* George Washington’s encouragement to the Pennsylvania militia to trust God’s Providence at this critical moment is another lost episode in American history.

Read and Reflect: Read 1 Chronicles 19:1-14 and reflect on the speech made by Joab and compare it with what Washington wrote. Prayer: Father, like Washington of old, we realize that freedom is a blessing from you but that it also demands “our united and vigorous efforts.” Help us to live such lives individually and collectively that we receive the smiles of your approval and the blessing of your hand, in Jesus’ name, Amen. *Source Citation: John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799, 39 vols., (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1931-44), 5:397-98.

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