Gen. Grant & the Battle of Vicksburg
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
“General Grant believes that he has no more than done his duty, for which no honor is due.” – Staff officer to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, speaking on his behalf at a dinner honoring the general
If you ask most people, they will tell you that Adam and Eve committed the first sin when they were deceived by the serpent and ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. However, the truth of the matter is that the original sin was committed by Lucifer, an archangel, who led a rebellion against God. Puffed up with pride, he mistakenly thought that he was God’s equal.
For this reason – and so many others – I hate pride. I hate when it rears its ugly head in politics and professional sports, and I despise it even more when it infiltrates the church.
I guess that’s why I found today’s quote so refreshing. Gen. Grant had just won a decisive victory by capturing Vicksburg, a key city along the Mississippi River. In fact, his military campaign was so successful – and the strategy behind it so brilliant – that it is still studied by West Point cadets today.
And yet, in the glow of victory, the humble general refused to even speak at the banquet where he was the honored guest. Instead, he had one of his aides read the quote above.
I have often said that I deserve absolutely no credit for whatever ministry success I have enjoyed, simply because sharing my faith behind bars was what God called me to do. In order words, it was my job – or, in military terms, my marching orders from my Commander-in-Chief. All I did was carry out His orders to the best of my ability. It was HIS brilliant strategy that won the battle!
My friend, what is God calling you to do today? Whatever it is, please do not delay. And when you complete that task, be sure to give Him ALL the credit…because He alone is worthy!
“You are worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” Isaiah 4:11 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President