General George Washington had known nothing but defeat in the American Revolution until the famous victory at Trenton on Christmas Day night, 1776. Every school child knows how Washington attacked the Hessians unawares and defeated them.
But what is not so well known is that the commanding officer at Trenton, Colonel Gottlieb Rall, had been warned of Washington’s surprise attack. The evening before, Colonel Rall had been passed a note by a Tory farmer of the impending attack. Yet he put the note aside unread as he played chess [some accounts say cards, ccd] and drank with other officers. Colonel Rall was mortally wounded in the battle, and the note of warning was later found in his pocket. . . unopened.
God has given us the best information available on how to live, yet His Holy Word often lies unread at our fingertips. It bulges with both promises and warnings. The promises inspire us and refresh us to take courage. The warnings are like flashing red lights that stop us in our self-destructive paths. How foolish to ignore the cautions of God’s Word that would detour us from self-destruction!
“Blessed is he that readeth . . . and keep those things which are written therein. . .”
Chad Dollahite via Midtown church of Christ