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Don't Limit God

April 12, 2017

 

There’s a scene from the war movie “God and Generals”, telling of Thomas Jackson.   Civil War hero General Thomas Jackson never hid his Christianity.  Throughout the film his trust in God is shown.  On July 21, 1861, just before the Battle of Bull Run, at dawn, Jackson prayed for God’s will to be done.  Things didn’t go well for the Confederates.  The line broke and all out retreat ensued.  Seven brigades ran to the next line of reinforcements, which was Jackson’s brigade.  Their morale was gone.  Then someone yelled, “Look at Jackson!”  General Jackson was sitting on his horse with cannon fire exploding all around him.  His left hand had been wounded from gunshot.  Soon the word spread – “Look at Jackson standing like a stone wall!”  Jackson shouted, “Charge!”  The army now fought with new resolve.

And, the legendary name was founded, “Stonewall” Jackson.

 

After the battle, they returned to see their losses.  There were 111 Confederates dead and 373 were missing.  Jackson knelt behind a dead soldier.  As he did, one captain asked him, “General, how do you keep so serene in battle?”  Jackson answered; “…my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready…”  He was declaring his faith in God - that God rules over all the details of life.

 

Most of us worship in a small way.  We live as though God is limited.  One reason for that is that we don’t understand who God really is!  God existed before anything else!  Psalms 90 tells us that before anything was made in this universe, even from everlasting to everlasting, God was here.  Run that through your mind.  When someone we love is lying in the hospital and we don’t know what to do – God does.  When our leadership changes – God is in control.  When the economy is bad – God is still in control.  Nothing, and I mean, nothing will ever enter our lives that God does not either decree or permit.  And the best news is, He loves each of us and He desires our fellowship.   The God of this universe desires fellowship with US!  Every detail of our lives is important to Him.  Scripture tells us to cast all our care on Him, because He cares for us.   Find time for our great God – he has time for you.

 

 

 

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