In February of 1862 the Union Army under Major General Ulysses S. Grant had positioned his forces against the Confederate garrison at Fort Donelson, on the Cumberland River in Tennessee. Soon after capturing Fort Henry on the Tennessee, he was now poised to capture this last bastion between his army and the very important depots at Nashville. After an unsuccessful escape attempt by the Confederate occupants under General Floyd, command had now passed to General Simon Bolivar Buckner who agreed to seek the terms of surrender with General Grant.
General Buckner dispatched a note to Grant requesting terms and expecting some benevolence perhaps due to the fact he and the General had once been comrades. Grants terse reply became one of the great quotes of the war and help to label him as one of the great tacticians of all time….His reply was….”No terms except immediate and unconditional surrender can be accepted.”….From that day forward US Grant would come to be known as “Unconditional Surrender Grant.”
For those of us in advanced years, I believe we can see the wisdom in such a philosophy. No matter the obstacle, ailment or stronghold, there is no recourse but unconditional surrender. In the battle of wills there is no other alternative but that His Will, meaning God’s Will be done. For that to happen, we must remove ourselves from the equation….We must surrender our will….Easier said than done, I know by experience….After years of being witness to His guidance and blessing, it is still within me to try to act on my own…To breakout…Escape….Of course it never works.
My friends total reliance is necessary. Unconditional Surrender to His Lordship is the only way. It has been well stated that if… ‘He is not Lord of all. He is not Lord at all’.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” ~~ James 4:10