4 Clear Instances of God’s Hand In The American Revolution 13

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records.  They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” – Alexander Hamilton, Founding Father and U.S. Treasurer

Never has that “sunbeam” of God’s divine intervention been more stunningly evident than in the American Revolution.  As we look back on the advent of American freedom through the eyes of high school textbooks or contemporary authors, it is easy to forget the overwhelming difficulties faced by the patriot army.

Victory was not the guaranteed outcome of the long and deadly war.  When our founding fathers pledged “our lives, our fortunes, & our sacred honor” in the defense of liberty, they seemed more likely – indeed almost certain – to lose their lives, fortunes and honor without gaining the liberty they labored for.

After all, what could the raw recruits and untrained officers of the Continental Army (if the citizen militia could be called an army), do against the disciplined veterans of Great Britain?

Thankfully, those who thought that defeat was certain had overlooked one important influence: God’s divine intervention.

Throughout the war, God’s providence defended the fledgling American republic against the entire British Empire.

Bunker Hill

After the “shot heard ’round the world” was fired in Lexington, thousands of American militiamen began pouring in from all areas around Boston.  Loosely under the command of General Ward, this hastily assembled army marched late one evening over Bunker’s Hill and occupied Breed’s Hill.

The next morning, General Gage decided to launch a frontal assault on their position.  As British troops crossed on barges from Boston, the British general called for the navy to send a ship up the Mystic River where they could bombard the American position from the side.  Surprisingly, even through the British navy had been operating around Boston for more than six months, they had failed to chart this particular river and were thus unable to bombard effectually.

In addition, the land cannons brought across from Boston were unable to do any effectual damage.  After it was too late to send for new supplies, the British general discovered that the wrong sized cannon balls had been brought.

Although the Americans officially lost the battle of Bunker Hill, it was really a stunning psychological victory.  For the first time in history, untrained militia had stood up against the trained army of Great Britain.  Because of the two fatal mistakes made by the British, what should have been a complete defeat turned into an encouraging proof that ultimate victory was not impossible.

Boston

As the American army moved in to free Boston from the British occupation more evidence of God’s work came to light.  Dominating Boston’s shipping channels and waterfront, Dorchester Heights seemed to be an obvious place for the British to occupy.  After close analysis, however, General Howe determined that no American attack from that quarter could be effective since they had no heavy artillery.  Because he did not fortify this position when he had the opportunity, the Americans were able to move captured artillery from Fort Ticonderoga to command Boston.

On the night chosen by the Americans to build their fortifications, God created the perfect weather conditions for an American victory.  While the frozen ground was a small hindrance to digging, it prevented mud from impeding the movement of heavy artillery.  In addition, an extensive ground fog hid the American movements and sounds from Boston, while visibility remained clear at the higher elevation of Dorchester Heights.

Long Island

After losing the Battle of Long Island, the Continental Army, and with it George Washington, faced the imminent possibility of complete defeat.  With their lines already weakened, another assault would probably have brought about absolute collapse.  Thankfully, however, General Howe, remembering the Battle of Bunker Hill, remained cautious and refused to attack – even when counseled to do so by many of his subordinates.

As the American army slowly evacuated from Long Island, the wind died down and enabled all boats to be filled to capacity.  In addition, a rare August fog blanketed the New York harbor and concealed the retreat from British observation.

Even with the weather completely in America’s favor, however, another – this time unknown – danger threatened to reveal Washington’s retreat to the British.  A Tory inhabitant witnessing the retreat sent her servant to alert the British.  By God’s mercy, this messenger was detained overnight by Hessian troopers who did not understand English.  When his message was made known, the chance for British victory was past.

Trenton

When Washington made his famous Christmas attack on Hessian troops stationed in Trenton, New Jersey, the British had already been warned of his coming.  Earlier on Christmas afternoon, however, a minor attack was staged against the British mercenaries.  Because of the perfect timing, Colonel Rall was convinced that this was the planned attack and the Hessians dropped their prepared stance.

Later that evening, a Tory farmer brought news of the imminent attack but was not allowed to see the officer in charge.  Instead, the sentry brought Colonel Rall a note explaining the upcoming attack.  Because he was busy playing a game of cards, however, Rall did not go to the trouble of translating the note from English, so he never knew what it said.  Twice, God used unusual circumstances to make Washington’s attack successful.

Conclusion

In a war that seemed doomed from the start, God defied the laws of probability to give us the freedom we enjoy today.  Throughout these four battles and all others, God’s hand was clearly seen to all those who looked.  The United States was not formed by chance; it was the creation of an all-powerful Providence.

13 thoughts on “4 Clear Instances of God’s Hand In The American Revolution

  1. Reply R Hicks Sep 21,2010 11:20 AM

    Where was God on 9/11. Sleeping?

  2. Reply Nate Desmond Sep 21,2010 12:43 PM

    Sir, the answer to your question can be found in Dr. Clark’s book, God and Evil. ( http://www.trinitylectures.org/product_info.php?cPath=33&products_id=178 )

  3. Reply Joe Sep 21,2010 1:01 PM

    What the **** is this post?

    Who wants to read this rubbish?

  4. Reply Dominic Martyn Sep 23,2010 3:37 AM

    I agree and know this to be true, also with the formation of the American Constitution. We, as members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, recognise this, as a precursor to the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in it’s fullness.
    Of this I testify and am a witness.

  5. Reply James Nov 9,2010 9:26 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA.

    Seriously?

    No really, are you serious?

    Oh, OK, you are.

    So you’re suggesting that ‘God’ took America’s side despite the fact the British were also Christians. You, my good sir, are an idiot.

  6. Reply Alison Moore Smith Jan 14,2011 10:04 AM

    Nate, I love this post. Thanks for being willing to speak up and take the heat.

    I’m continually surprised that people still use the old yarn that bad stuff happens as somehow proof that God doesn’t exist. It takes about ten minutes of thinking to work through that fallacy.

  7. Reply Joe Feb 6,2011 12:29 PM

    Wow, another post like this and I will be chopping it from my bookmarks. What an idiot.

  8. Reply Eliabe Feb 8,2011 10:40 PM

    This article is great.

    It’s a shame that so many douchebags are reading it.

  9. Reply Kevin S. Feb 16,2011 3:22 AM

    Our founding fathers were Christians. This is evident even within our Constitution. And while the British were Christians as well God wanted our nation to be formed, for His glory. So you could say He was “on our side”. How ignorant we have become about our own heritage is gut-wrenching. Kids are fed early on in school a misrepresentation of our history. Key facts are left out so as not to upset non-believers. We are forced to tip-toe and gather tolerance for everyone else, but no tolerance is left for Christians. So unless you have constructive criticism, bashing this post is futile. Jumping off the soapbox, I want to give you kudos Nate. Stay strong brother.

  10. Reply Joy Mar 16,2011 9:46 PM

    It is easy to name call–more difficult, however, to have an open mind.

    Benjamin Franklin said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”

  11. Reply Craig Jun 22,2011 3:37 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. It will help me so much as I am preparing a talk in my church this Sunday on the subject of God’s hand in the founding of our great country.

  12. Reply Calvin Feb 23,2012 6:57 PM

    Way to go Nate. I love this article. When you are all grown up and are a rich author and historian, remember me. God Bless and keep up the good work.

  13. Reply Ken Apr 6,2012 2:22 PM

    To answer the question “Where was God on 911?” read the book “THE HARBINGER” by Jonathan Cahn

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