If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)
Friday, February 5
One of my favorite stories from North American history is said to have occurred during the French-Indian War. The British had gotten involved and had decided to take the opportunity to storm the city of Quebec, a city occupied by the French.
Admiral Phipps of the British navy had been assigned to move his massive ship up the river bordering Quebec and anchor it right outside the city. He was to provide cannon fire into Quebec while the British army stormed it from the other side.
Phipps arrived on the river outside of Quebec a few days early and anchored. He noticed that on the walls around the city of Quebec, there were statues of the Catholic saints that the French held in high regard. Phipps thought it would be fun to insult the French by firing cannons at the statues. Days later, however, when the British army arrived to storm Quebec, they were quickly defeated due to a lack of cannon fire cover Phipps’ ship. It’s said that Admiral Phipps had used all of his ammunition “shooting at the saints.”
Our enemy loves it when we spend our time, energy, and resources in conflict with one another. Often we wind up not having anything left for the real battle with darkness in our own lives and in the world around us.
May God give us grace and wisdom for the pursuit of authentic peace with those in our lives around us. As far as it depends on us, let’s do what it takes to live at peace with everyone.
And let’s do it today.
Grace and peace,
Posted on Fri, February 5, 2016
by Chris Seidman