His Slightest Wish, Our Supreme Command

During the War Between the States, General Lee one day sent word to Stonewall Jackson that the next time he rode in the direction of headquarters the Chief Commander of the southern army would be glad to see him on a matter of no great importance.

General Jackson received the message, and immediately prepared to leave the next morning. Rising very early, he rode the eight miles to Lee’s headquarters in a blustery snowstorm, arriving just as Lee was finishing breakfast.

Very much surprised, Lee inquired why Jackson had come through such a storm. General Jackson replied, “But you said that you wished to see me. General Lee’s slightest wish is a supreme command to me!”

Christ said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.” And again, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” (John 14:21, 23).

It is noteworthy that the word “command” is used eight times in the first chapter of Joshua. The phrase “be careful to do” is used twice, as is the word “obey” or “obeyed.” All together, the expectation of obedience is presented 12 times.

“Obedience to God will be very much seen in small matters. Love always delights to attend to the little things, and thereby makes the little things great. I have heard of a Puritan who was charged with being too precise, but his answer was excellent, ‘I serve a precise God.’ The Lord our God is a jealous God, and He is very jealous of His commands” (C. H. Spurgeon).

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center