Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
“Fully cock your muskets men; the British are upon us,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jack Chamberlain to his regiment during the Battle of Saratoga. Private Thomas Stark did not heed his leader’s command and went off half-cocked (that is, with his gun in safety position). When an enemy soldier came upon him with bayonet drawn, Thomas pulled the trigger, but the musket couldn’t fire.
As we battle the forces of evil in this dark world, Jesus directs us to be ever prepared (that is, to be fully cocked) at all times. Do we heed His command or do we enter some skirmishes half-cocked? May it not be so with you, my Christian friends, nor with me.