Lessons Learned from a Godly General
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
One general that has captured my interest and I might add, “my heart”, is the well known, General “Stonewall” Jackson. The love He had for his country was overwhelming though he truly was distraught over the North’s impending invasion. Jackson affirmed his allegiance to the Army of the Shenandoah and vowed to fight for God and country to the bitter end. Duty did not prevent him from acknowledging and proclaiming his religious convictions and many members of his brigade were quickly indoctrinated with Jackson’s infectious faith.
In reading the life of “Stonewall” Jackson, I realized what great conviction he had in serving God with boldness and without the fear of man. Whenever possible, General Jackson held to a strict schedule of Sunday worship, as well as Wednesday prayer meetings, which he would adhered to at all costs. One of the local Fredericksburg preachers routinely led the services, which were often attended by General Robert E. Lee and his staff. Jackson loved God and lived his life in preparation of Christ’s return at any time. He felt he was just as safe on the battlefield as he was sitting in his own parlor–––knowing God was in control of his life and of his death. God’s sovereignty was certain to General Jackson especially during the great Civil War.
As I read through some excerpts of General Jackson’s life, I realized that he was an example of a man who lived his life in pursuit of virtue and godliness. The perfect picture of godly virtue and worthy of all honor is of course, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. I would not want in anyway to take away from Christ’s supreme majesty and give homage due our Lord to a mere man. A life lived out in faith, in the end, Christ will reward.
Lord, may we live boldly, without fear, loving God with all our hearts, and others as ourselves.