Loss of Intelligence
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God, as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
2 Peter 1:20-21
Leading right up to Gettysburg, a Confederate Brigadier General named Jeb Stuart, commanded a cavalry unit of 10,000 men and their horses and was dubbed, “The Eyes of the Army”. He was known for his above and beyond character and exploits up to this point in the war, dominating anyone his unit came across. As he rose in fame, Union forces began to take notice and descended upon Stuart and his men. Caught off guard, his unit struggled more than normal, though they eventually overcame the Union forces. But Stuart sustained a black eye to his reputation of overwhelming any who might oppose his Calvary.
Days after, Lee asked Stuart to advance and provide intel of enemy positions ahead in Union territory. He instead chose to execute raids of Union troops and supplies on the outskirts of Washington D.C. This resulted in Stuart arriving late to the battle at Gettysburg and delaying much needed intel. He was blamed, even after his death, with playing a key part in the Confederacy’s defeat.
Like Stuart, we as men want to make our own path. We need to drive solutions and make things happen, constantly looking for that next achievement. Stuart’s constant drive to take his own path eventually caught up with him. So many times throughout our day, we will come to a fork in the road, where we can take the path that God has laid out for us or we can blaze our own. Many times we may be so focused on the path we are blazing, that we miss the fork that was there all together.
As you are moving through your day, making decisions and making things happen, stop. Take a second to determine if you are following His path, that He has laid out for you…or are you leaning on your own understanding and forcing a fork in the path that God never intended for you to go down? Ask God to provide you with tremendous strength and vision to stay on His path, for when we lean on our own understanding, we lose valuable intel on where we are supposed to go.