Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

“Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.  O my God, I trust in thee; let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.” Psalm 25:1-2

b_jackson_and_hisIn my recent study of the War Between the States, I am astounded by Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s fearlessness in life and battle. On more than one occasion (in fact on every occasion of battle) he sat upon his small horse, Little Sorrell), and gazed over the battlefield giving his commands.  At dire times he would even pass in front of his troops giving them encouragement and spurring them on.  All this he would do while bullets and cannon fire were whizzing past.  His reason for this kind of behavior and fearlessness was not unusual bravery or courage but meekness. Knowing that God is sovereign and that nothing can thwart His plans, Jackson was convinced that he would not close his eyes in death until the proper God-ordained moment.  Seeing that his days are numbered and that he would not perish until God’s will determined it, he felt that he could roam as freely as he wished around the battlefield (or indeed through life itself) without fear of any enemy.

As a self-identified “worry wart” I have much to learn from Stonewall Jackson.  “There [stood] Jackson like a stone wall” not because the wall was built with such stern stuff but because it was reinforced on the back end by a mighty buttress, namely Almighty God and none could topple it unless the buttress ordained it so.

“Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God fixed a time for my death; I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live and then all would be equally brave.” –Thomas Jackson

What a testimony of faith!  I am asking God to grant that I might walk in the kind of love and trust that casts out fear.  I want to be convinced that I will not fall, crash my car, be burglarized, have my finances fail, or undergo any other hardship, fatal or otherwise, unless it is squarely in the will of God.  And if and when such things do happen the reasons lie with God and are, frankly, none of my business.

Josh H.


2 Responses to “Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson”

  1. 1 Tiffany
    November 26, 2008 at 1:52 am

    That is something that I try to remind myself everyday. That God IS in control, which is comforting to me. Although I do know that God has His reasons and knows best, I still have to work on accepting His will because sometimes I want things to turn out differently.

  2. November 26, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Stonewall has long been a favorite of Brent’s. Have you read the Shaara’s books about the War of Northern Aggression?

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