““Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law…”
General George Washington told his commanders, “A leader must look and act the part if he is going to have the success needed for a proper command.” Washington wasn’t all talk. Eyewitness accounts record that Washington was literally fearless on the battlefield. At the Battle of Trenton, soldiers reported that in the midst of battle with cannons ablaze all about him, Washington sat erect upon horseback and wasn’t seen once ducking or flinching as bullets sailed! Where did he find this confidence and peace? Washington was a man of prayer and read his Bible daily. Even before Congress had given him the command of the Continental Army, Washington was in the habit of reading his Bible one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon or evening. It is no wonder then that a man called to such a high task of birthing a nation (and not just any nation) would also be a man well versed in the Bible.
No doubt he was acquainted with the promises given to another general, General Joshua, of the Old Testament. Perhaps Washington read the Bible with a deep sense of personal application. Those who do, read the Bible like this: “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life (George); as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land, which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous (George), that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; and (George), do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go,”( Joshua 1:5-7).
Our God is real and the Bible is true. Do you believe God’s words to you today? He desires to prepare you for whatever lies ahead. Will you trust Him?
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