Another battle had been lost. The morale of many had been crushed. The attackers advanced deeper into Union territory and poised to strike again. With momentum in favor of the Confederate Army, disorganization in the Union Army, and rising political pressure for the administration to address the slavery issue, a decision must be made. All eyes were fixed upon the president. How would he respond?

With nowhere to turn, President Lincoln entrusted the matters into God’s hands. He told a group of Christians, “It is my earnest desire to know the will of Providence in this matter.” He decided to test God. With a Union general hot in pursuit of the attackers, a confrontation was imminent. He made a promise to God: if the Union armies won the battle, he would move forward with his plans for the Emancipation Proclamation. Soon enough, the armies clashed. The Union army emerged victorious. God had delivered. The Proclamation was signed. The rest is history.

When we seek the Lord’s counsel, He promises to bless. But when we attempt to handle matters ourselves, our purposes are disappointed. Are you in a difficult situation right now? Maybe you’ve lost your job over the past few months. You don’t know how you will pay your bills. You can’t think of any solutions. Commit the matter to God. Faithful He has been; faithful He forever will be.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.