Afterwards, we read another chapter in The Sower Series book George Washington: Man of Prayer and Courage by Norma Cournow Camp. The chapter we read gave a brief account of the Knox mission and the ensuing events where the British were finally forced to retreat from Boston. While packed with wonderful, factual, inspiring information, this book is not as well written. At times I am frustrated by the disjointed way the author jumps from one event to another. It doesn't flow as well as I would prefer. Nonetheless, this volume is priceless because of the information that is included within its pages that simply isn't found in many other modern books.
For example, both Guns for General Washington and George Washington: Man of Prayer and Courage recounted the events that proceeded the return of Henry Knox with the canons. Both spoke of the colonial army's diversionary tactics, both described British Colonel Howe's surprise at seeing the cannons on Dorchester Hill, both described the hurricaine that prevented British troops from taking command of the hill; but the latter book included a few more pertinent details that were subtly omitted from the first book.
The first omission, with regards to this event, is (as Ms. Camp writes) Washington's order to set aside Thursday, March 7, 1976 as a day of prayer, fasting, and humiliation, "to implore the Lord and giver of all victory...that it would please Him to bless the Continental arms with divine protection and favor." (Camp, page 130) Hmmm. Do you think there might be a connection between this day that was set apart for prayer and fasting and humiliation and the results? Seems pretty significant to omit!
The second omission is Washington's response to the hurricaine. Norma Cournow Camp quotes General George Washington, "...the weather getting very tempestuous, much blood was saved, and a very important blow, to one side or the other, was prevented. That this most remarkable interposition of Providence is for some wise purpose, I have not a doubt."
Washington later wrote the General Assembly of Massachusetts,
"And it being effected without the blood of our soldiers and fellow citizens must be ascribed to the interposition of Providence...
May that Being who is powerful to save, and in whose hands is the fate of nations, look down with an eye of tender pity and compassion upon the whole of the United Colonies." (Camp, page 131)
That's interesting, I was always taught that Washington (and many of the other Founding Fathers) were Deists. His own words definitely contradict that notion and serve as strong evidence to the powerful faith he had in God. Tragically, over the years, the hand of Providence and the faith of so many great men and women of history has been subtly omitted from the pages of history texts. It takes a little more effort now to find the truth, but it's out there if you're willing to do your homework.
I highly recommend the Sower Series which fills in the gaps with the truth of faith-filled people and the God who governs all of HIStory. For a more indepth review of George Washington: A Man of Prayer and Courage, click here. I also recommend Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton. It will give you chills to read about how frequently and miraculously God protected the man who would eventually become the first President of the United States. There's no question that God's hand was upon this faithful man and that He had a very important plan and purpose for his life! And it's all documented in primary sources: letters, journal entries, historical documents!
The affect of these omissions of God's providence from history is significant. One of the major purposes of studying history is so that we can learn from it. If we omit details like days of prayer and fasting before battles, we fail to recognize the importance of acknowledging God as our King, of bowing the knee before Him and confessing our dependence upon Him. When we attempt to live life apart from Him, we are doomed to failure; both personally and as a nation. Politicians like to throw around the phrase, "God bless America," but first America needs to bless God. Just like George Washington did!
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD." Psalm 33:12
I challenge you not to accept what mainstream publishers and modern historians postulate. Slowly and subtly God has been removed from History, but we don't have to be content with the watered down, secular version that is being fed to us and our children! We can know the truth and learn from it and teach it to our children. God has been active throughout History. He continues to use men and women of faith today in our world. Just as He was faithful to our forefathers, He remains faithful to us. May we never forget!
Tomorrow, May 1, 2008 is the National Day of Prayer. As we've learned from the events in May of 1776, there is power in prayer. Let us not neglect this opportunity to join together in prayer, fasting, and humility as a nation.
"If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14
We have much to repent from: omitting God from our history, allowing the holocaust of abortion to continue, denying God as our Creator and perpetrating the lie of evolution, compromising on so many different issues,... How can we as a nation expect that God will bless us when we continue to deny Him?
"May that Being who is powerful to save, and in whose hands is the fate of the nations, look down with an eye of tender pity and compassion" upon the United States of America
As we draw near to the throne of grace with confidence, may His truth penetrate our hearts, may we be convicted of our own sin and the sin of our nation, and may our hearts be turned anew to our Creator sparking revival and reformation across our land.
Grace and Peace,