00 American Providence – A story of George Washington

American Providence – A story of George Washington

I would like to share a story of George Washington, as told by David Barton of WallBuilders ministry, “that once appeared in virtually every student text in America, but hasn’t been seen in the last forty years.”

This story deals with George Washington when he was involved in the French and Indian War as a young man only twenty-three years of age.

On July 9, 1755 . . . while [the British and Americans were] marching through a wooded ravine, they walked right into an ambush; the French and Indians opened fire on them from both sides.

At the end of two hours, 714 of the 1300 British and American troops had been shot down; only 30 of the French and Indians had been shot. . . George Washington was the only [British] officer [out of 86] who had not been shot down. . .

[After retreating to Fort Cumberland,] Washington wrote a letter to his family explaining that after the battle was over, he had taken off his jacket and had found four bullet holes through it, yet not a single bullet had touched him; several horses had been shot from under him, but he had not been harmed. He told them, “By the all powerful dispensation of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation.”

Fifteen years later, in 1770 – now a time of peace . . . An old Indian chief from far away, having heard that Washington had come back to those woods, traveled a long way just to meet with him.

He sat down with Washington, and face-to-face over a council fire, the chief told Washington that he had been a leader in that battle fifteen years earlier, and that he had instructed his braves to single out all the officers and shoot them down.

Washington had been singled out, and the chief explained that he personally had shot at Washington seventeen different times, but without effect. Believing Washington to be under the care of the Great Spirit, the chief instructed his braves to cease firing at him.

He then told Washington, “I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. . . I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.”

That account appeared in American history textbooks for nearly a century and a half; today it has disappeared!

Many years later in 1788, after the miraculous defeat of the British and before becoming the first President of the United States of America, Washington wrote, “I can never trace the concatenation of causes, which led to these events, without acknowledging the mystery and admiring the goodness of Providence. To that superintending Power alone is our retraction from the brink of ruin to be attributed.”

In another of an overwhelming number of cases, Washington wrote, “That invisible hand which has so often interposed to save our Country from impending destruction, seems in no instance to have been more remarkably excited than in that of disposing the people of this extensive Continent to adopt, in a peaceable manner, a Constitution, which if well administered, bids fair to make America a happy nation.”

George Washington gave the glory of his personal safety in battle, of the victory in the war for independence, and of the establishment of a constitutional republic to God.

But in 1789, President Washington also had this warning, “. . . the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality . . . [so] we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”

Or as King Solomon said in Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

George Washington knew that the question was never “is God for America,” but rather “are Americans for God?”

But I don’t want to end on that note. So I’d like to end with this praise by Robert Treat Paine, a Military Chaplain and Signer of the Declaration of Independence, “I desire to bless and praise the name of God most high for appointing me my birth in a land of Gospel Light where the glorious tidings of a Savior and of pardon and salvation through Him have been continually sounding in mine ears.”

We should never stop praising God for the freedoms and liberty He has granted us in this nation. Remembering our persecuted brothers and sisters in nations where owning a bible or meeting in small groups for worship and prayer are illegal and punishable by prison and re-education through forced labor or worse, we should be encouraged to be bold in our faith as The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:14, “Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.”

Let us be courageous and fearless in our faith as expressed in the freedom and liberty God has granted us in the United States of America.

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