Today’s Scripture: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Mark 9:23-24

When everyone else said the cause was lost, the general stayed the course. When his army thinned out and his soldiers were freezing to death, the general stayed the course. When the people of the colonies lost faith in his leadership, the general stayed the course. When his armies were outnumbered and defeat seemed certain, the general stayed the course.

Why did General George Washington continue in the face of such overwhelming odds? Because he remembered the miracles he had seen. He remembered the time when an enemy ambush led to the deaths of every cavalryman in the army but him, as Sam Blumenfeld recounted in his article “God’s Providence in the American Revolution.” He remembered how two horses had been killed underneath him, and how his coat was shot through with four bullets – and yet he didn’t get hurt. He remembered the time when a British general had trapped him and his 8,000 troops on New York’s Long Island, but the American soldiers escaped because a heavy fog shielded them from view. These were miracles, all right. The same God who delivered him then could do it again – and He did.

When the present gets hard and the future looks dim, sometimes the only way we can find courage is from the miracles we’ve seen God do in the past. As we think about what God’s done, we are reminded of His power and encouraged to cling to Him in faith until He gives us victory.

Every time you sing the National Anthem or see an American flag, remember the miracles of God. The same God is working in your life when the odds are stacked against you and you’re tempted to give up. Remember His past miracles (or start taking note of them), and be encouraged to stay the course. He can do it again if you will trust Him.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder