Manuary 6, 2016
“I am a chief, and the ruler over many tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the great lakes, and to the far blue mountains. I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle.
It was on the day when the white man’s blood mixed with the streams of our forest that I first beheld this chief. I called to my young men and said, ‘Mark yon tall and daring warrior? He is not of the red-coat tribe—he hath an Indian’s wisdom, and his warriors fight as we do—himself is alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies.’ Our rifles were leveled, rifles which but for him knew not how to miss—’twas all in vain; a power mightier far than we shielded him from harm. He cannot die in battle.
I am old, and soon shall be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of shades; but ere I go there is something bids me speak in the voice of prophecy. Listen! The great Spirit protects that man, and guides his destinies—he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire!”
– Taken from the book “The Real George Washington, America’s Most Indispensable Man”
Imagine waking up one morning and walking out on your porch, you look up to take in the view of the countryside around you, and something is there that runs a red hot poker straight up your spine. The hairs stand up and fear grips you at the sight. This is the end you think to yourself. “Ive wondered how this moment would feel, and now I know.” You think.
Maybe that’s how Elisha’s servant felt when he got up that morning so many years ago as reordered 2 Kings 6:8-23. It says “When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’” – 2 Kings 6:15 (ESV)
And I wonder if that’s how a young Colonel felt that day surrounded by the enemy. The majority of the other officers had already been shot. So had his commanding officer Major General Edward Braddock. The men around him were panicked. But he chose not to panic. Instead, he stayed on his horse choosing to relay message after message from the General (who was by this time wounded and immobile) to the front lines. During the battle this young, brave officer had two horses shot out from under him, his hat shot through, as well as his coat shot through three times. Recalling the battle, that young Colonel, George Washington, later said he only survived “by the miraculous care of Providence, that protected me beyond all human expectation.”
You see, there’s more to life than what we can see. There’s more power than just our own. And it’s often our decisions that let that power manifest itself our lives. Elisha and his servant weren’t just surrounded by an army trying to capture or kill them that day. The Bible continues… “He [Elisha] said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, ‘Please strike this people with blindness.’ So He struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.” – 2 Kings 6:16-18 (ESV)
The same God was with Elisha that day as was with George Washington the day he went to battle with General Braddock. The same power surrounded them both. And it guided them both. Elisha recognized it. And I think that Chief recognized it. The prophecy I told at the beginning came well before the Americans ever thought of being lead by a president. And I can’t help but think that the decisions made that day to choose courage over fear guided that young colonel on the path of a great destiny.
What decisions are you facing that are going to take courage? Do you feel yourself surrounded with fear? The path of your destiny will probably not be easy. It will probably be frightening. But when we allow God’s power in our life we will realize that His power is greater than the powers against us. Decide with me today to follow God and allow His power to take effect in our lives. It’s the decision of destiny we can all make this very moment. Beware however, it will take courage. But that’s what men are good at right?