Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
In the midst of the trials of Valley Forge, General George Washington retained his firm reliance on God’s plan and power. In a letter to his friend Reverend Bryan Fairfax, Washington described his thoughts about the hardships they endured during that brutal winter:
“The determinations of Providence are always wise, often inscrutable; and, though its decrees appear to bear hard upon us at times, is nevertheless meant for gracious purposes.”
General Washington knew that God was always wise, though His ways were sometimes difficult to understand. He acknowledged that in spite of the harsh conditions that surround us, God’s purposes were gracious. Our circumstances would work together for good. And in the end, even the worst sufferings of today would be ultimately drowned out by the glory which should be revealed in us.
It is this firm grip on faith in the Lord that enabled General Washington to lead his soldiers with hope, optimism, purpose, and destiny. This faith allowed Washington to endure hardships and setbacks without withdrawing or wavering.
PLEASE PRAY FOR AN ENDURING FAITH THAT RELINQUISHES CONTROL TO GOD IN ALL OF LIFE’S CIRCUMSTANCES. God’s decrees are meant for gracious purposes.