The miracles that so frequently occurred at the beginning of our nation’s founding help us understand:
1.God intervened to create America!
2.God’s hand is ‘still’ upon America!
The Miracle of Four Bullets
In the mid-eighteenth century, war broke out between King George II of Britain, and King Louis XV of France, called the Seven Years War. It spilled over into America as the French and Indian War.
On July 9, 1755, while marching through the forests near the Monongahela River, in present-day Pennsylvania, to attack the French Fort Duquesne, the 22-year old George Washington, a colonel in the British army at the time, and 1400 troops, under the leadership of the pompous and arrogant General Edward Braddock, were ambushed by a combined force of French and Canadians, along with Potawatomi and Ottawa Indians. Only accustomed to fighting in open fields, the British were annihilated! Within a short time 900 of the 1400 soldiers perished at what’s now known as the Battle of Monongahela; or more appropriately called, the Massacre at Monongahela!
Before General Braddock was killed, he commissioned Colonel Washington to ride back and forth giving orders to other parts of the British line. Let me repeat that—multiple times---Colonel Washington rode through a hail of bullets!!!! Adding even more complexity to this MIRACLE are three important variables:
1.Prior to the battle, the enemy agreed to target the British
2.George Washington was riding a White horse, and he was
6’3” tall at a time when the average American was 5’7”!
3.Every horse-mounted officer was killed except one. Guess
After the Battle, and rumors quickly spread that all perished, so to bring peace of mind, George Washington wrote to his brother John Augustine Washington on July 18, 1755:
As I have heard, since my arrival at this place, a circumstantial account of my death and dying speech, I take this early opportunity of contradicting the first, and of assuring you, that I have not as yet composed the latter. But by the All-Powerful Dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!*
The miracle continues: fifteen years after the conflict, Washington providentially met one of the Indian Chiefs who explained his role in the battle. Through an interpreter, the Chief declared:
“I called my young men and said, mark yon tall and daring warrior (referring to Washington). Himself is alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies. Our rifles leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss---t’was all in vain, a power mightier far than we shielded you. Seeing you were under the special guardianship of the Great Spirit, we immediately ceased to fire at you…I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.”**
For all the doubters who may be thinking, “Well, Pastor Jackson, his coat was flopping open and the bullets simply pierced his coat while he was riding!” On the contrary, remember, Washington was a soldier, and especially a British soldier! It is part of a soldier’s discipline to wear his uniform properly--in other words, it was not possible for his coat to have been unbuttoned!!!
Nope…No excuses!! God is real…and His power to deliver in the time of trouble is real! In order to make this miracle irrefutable, the Sovereign God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, caused four bullets to penetrate George Washington’s coat--while it was buttoned--yet those bullets could not penetrate his body—they simply disintegrated or bounced off!
In conclusion, why would God work this kind of miracle? Very simply, for two reasons:
1.He ordained George Washington to be America’s first
2.He sovereignly ordained America to be a nation!
If you are an American citizen…be excited—and be proud!!! You are part of something special; something great; something God supernaturally ordained!
Always remember, when listening to the contemporary liberal America-hating culture--what God has blessed...no man can curse!!!
George Washington’s miraculous deliverance reveals that God has indeed blessed America!
*The Bulletproof George Washington, David Barton
** The Bulletproof George Washington, David Barton
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