He displayed extraordinary calm under fire, a calm too deep and masterful to be mere pretense. His apparent obliviousness to danger attracted notice, and after First Manassas someone asked him how he managed it.
Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed,' Jackson explained. 'God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.' He added pointedly, 'Captain that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.'
As field commander, Jackson's religion came into play in various ways. During military operations he prayed frequently, lived simply, and in his reports habitually gave God all credit for the slightest success. 'Without God's blessing,' Jackson declared, 'I look to no success, and for every success my prayer is, that all the glory may be given to Him to whom it is properly due.' Whenever possible he also avoided marching or fighting on the Sabbath.The perfect peace he exhibited on the battlefield is a testament to the trust we can have in the Lord. There really is nothing in this world that can eternally harm a blood-bought believer of Jesus Christ. This reality is what allowed those early Christians to sing hymns in the arena. Polycarp didn't resist being tied to the burning stake, knowing that he would soon see His Lord. No matter what comes our way, we can live knowing that God is sovereign and will give us the courage we need for every situation.
Remember that today is D-Day and the courage of many bought our freedoms in this temporary life.
Also remember the courage of Jesus to drink from that cup of wrath bought our eternal freedom in our real life.