God Is Our Solid Rock

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

I didn’t think God would use a church service under a tent flap during a Civil War reenactment to speak to me, but that’s exactly what happened at Fort Richardson in Jacksboro, Texas last weekend.

My main purpose for attending the service was to gather research for a future book to learn how a post-Civil War church service would be conducted. I spoke with the Chaplain reenactor previously, and knew his portrayal would be spot-on. Yet I believe God’s purpose for me being there went beyond gathering information for a book. I believe God wanted to remind me that no matter our circumstances, or where we might find our self, we can rejoice in the God who is our strength and our shield.

When Pilot and I arrived a little before the service began at 10 am, we were offered a folding stool in the shade, which we gladly accepted on that bright sunshiny 80 degree November morning.

The bell rang announcing the service would soon begin. Folks gathered, and Preacher opened with prayer. He led the assembly in three “line-out songs” where he sang a line, and the congregation repeated the song one line at a time.

Preacher’s message was taken from the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. I smiled as he read the familiar verses from chapters 2 and 3.

I’ve written blog posts on these favorite verses here, here, and here.

One take-away I received from Preacher’s sermon last Sunday was that despite troubling circumstances, we are to live by faith in Yahweh God alone.

During Habakkuk’s time, and ours, the world was full of evil. Enough evil to rock even the strongest Believer’s faith. Habakkuk questioned why God allowed such evil to continue.

Like the prophet, we might ask God the same thing. “Why do the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer?”

We want Yahweh Jehovah God to intervene. To punish the wicked. To remove evil from the world.

God reminded Habakkuk of several things when he went before God with his questions. God gives us the same answers he gave the prophet. God is aware of what goes on in the world. Nothing happens he didn’t plan or permit. God will punish evil his way, in his timing, and by his methods.

As Preacher reminded those of us under that tent flap, God still exists regardless of the circumstances we face. God sees. God knows. God’s still in control. We should not allow our circumstances to dictate our actions; or our faith.

Our faith remains in God whether the fig tree blossoms or there are grapes on the vines. We place ourselves under his protection. He is our Shalom. Our Rock. Our Anchor and Deliverer.

So take heart dear friends. Trust in Christ alone, the Solid Rock on which we stand.

How do you choose to live by faith and not by the circumstances that surround you?

One of the songs we sang during the service is the familiar “Solid Rock”.

I’ve included a song by Tasha Cobbs and Jamie Grace that’s updated from the original, but has the same message … Christ is the Solid Rock on which we stand. All other ground is sinking sand.

Amen?

You are my Solid, my Solid Rock. Sing it like no one’s watching you!

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The Lord God is my strength: he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. Habakkuk 3:19 (GNV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Shortly after this church service at Fort Richardson ended, a gunman opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas killing twenty-six people and wounding many more. Christ is our Solid Rock in a world of chaos and evil. Our faith remains in Yahweh God and him alone.

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Get Your Worship On

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Worship. What does it take for you to burst out with a song in your heart, and praise the One who created you? Does the sun need to shine? The world need to be right? Or can you worship no matter what the circumstance?

The LORD who created the heavens and the earth is worthy of our worship no matter how we feel. It shouldn’t matter if the sky is overcast, we feel yucky, our best friend won’t speak to us, or we’ve just burned dinner. God deserves our praise for who he is and what he has done, not because of the circumstances of our life at the moment. He’s not the one who burned dinner, after all.

courtesy pixabayGod is our joy and our strength, no matter what is going on. He is our refuge. The one we run to. He alone is worthy. And we don’t need to wait for some spectacular event before we break out in our happy dance and get our worship on.

Have you ever noticed in those times when you feel anything but joyful or happy, if you turn your thoughts away from the problems that surround you and praise God, the darkness begins to lift, even if only a little bit? I’m thinking it might have something to do with the fact Satan cannot stand for us to worship God, and when we do, he sticks his fingers in his ears, and has to leave.

The more we worship God for who he is and what he has done for us, sing praise to his coutesy pixabayname, dig deep into the Bible and meditate on God’s truth, the closer we get to his presence and realize even if it is raining on our parade, God is the One leading that parade, and we’ll be fine.

How do you get your worship on?

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Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! Psalm 95:6 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Expectations and Inconsistencies

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Whenever Bear rides in the car and we slow down to speak with someone inside the open window of a building, he has certain expectations. Because of past experiences with drive-through restaurants, Bear expects the person at the window will hand him a puppy cup full of creamy vanilla soft serve Dairy Queen ice cream when we reach them. Usually, Bear is correct about what he can expect, but not always.

The bank teller does not hand out puppy cups. Neither do the employees at the taco restaurant, nor does the pharmacist at the drug store. Each time we pull away from one of these places without his puppy cup, Bear looks at us as if to say we forgot something. His disappointment is evident. Bear’s expectations were not met, and he can’t understand what happened.

The inconsistency between driving to an open window and receiving a puppy cup, compared with going through the exact same motions and not receiving a puppy cup can be downright cruel.

Who knows? This inconsistency could cause Bear to distrust and be disillusioned. But drive-through windows are not the only inconsistencies in life. People can also be inconsistent in their behavior and in their speech.

Whether we like it or not, if we call ourselves followers of Jesus, people expect certain behaviors from us. They also expect us to refrain from certain behaviors. Just as Bear faces inconsistencies when the person inside the drive-through window does not give him a puppy cup, when those watching how we live come face to face with inconsistencies between how the Bible says we should act, and how we act, it can leave those watching us confused, distrusting, and disillusioned. They expect one thing, but see something totally different.

courtesy pixabayChristians are told to be salt and light to a world in darkness. Praise and cursing should not come from the same mouth. We are to live in such a way others are drawn closer to Christ. We must know Jesus and who he is before we can be like him. That only happens when we study how the Bible tells us to live, and actually do it.

When people drive up to our window expecting to receive a puppy cup, that’s exactly what we should give them.

How do you stay consistent in your walk with God?

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Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? James 3:10-11 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Let God Lead

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Our dog, Bear, likes to lead. He isn’t fond of being led. I attribute this to the fact he truly is an intelligent animal. Not all that obedient, but intelligent, nonetheless.

Bear believes he knows where we are headed when we go for a walk. He thinks it’s up to him to set the pace and direction. Bear strains against his leash and tries to pull us his way, his pace, urging us to follow his lead. Only, more times than not, he doesn’t know where we’re going, and he doesn’t know the pace we want to set.

As aggravating and annoying as it is when Bear behaves this way, I can’t get too upset with him. You want to know why? Because I’m very much like Bear, and perhaps you are too.

We’re intelligent creatures. We know what’s best. We have a plan, and set a pace to get where we’re going. We don’t need to follow anyone. Sometimes we head off down a wrong path, and urge God to follow and bless the way we’ve chosen instead of following God’s lead. Sometimes we set a time frame for achieving our goal, and don’t pay a bit of attention to the pace God sets in his perfect timing.

When Pilot and I moved to Texas from Florida, we had a plan and a timeline. God had a different plan and timeline.

When I set out to write books, I had a plan and timeline. God had a different plan and timeline.

Walking with Bear would be so much easier if he followed our lead and went at our pace.

I believe walking with God would be so much easier if we followed his lead, and went at his pace. God leads. We follow. Simple as that. God does have our best interest at heart, you know.

Do you have trouble allowing God to lead?

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For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God Is In Control

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A friend died recently. Her sudden, unexpected death was a shock. As her daughter-in-law cried in my arms, she questioned why. Just as I had no answers in 1980 when I questioned why my father died unexpectedly, I had no answers for her.

But what I did have was this Truth; God is in control.

Some may roll their eyes, and say that phrase is cliched, it’s overused, it doesn’t answer why, and I’d agree. Nevertheless, it is Truth.

In an interview singer, Jamie Grace, talks about her diagnosis of Tourette syndrome at 9 years old. Jamie spoke about the cruelty of others towards her. She mentioned thinking maybe God didn’t love her like he loved everyone else.

Ever been there?

Jamie also talked about the comfort she received from her parents and sister. They spoke God’s Truth to Jamie when she didn’t understand why. When Jamie told her mother she felt weird or dumb, her mother told Jamie God loves her, created her, has a plan for her, and a purpose for her life.

Near the end of Jamie’s interview she said everybody’s going to go through something big courtesy pixabayin their life … but no matter what it is, God is always bigger, in control, and King.

Jamie added no matter how many things come into our life that we can’t control, we can always choose to go to Jesus, knowing he’ll carry us through it.

God is in control. He loves us. He has a plan for our lives. Words we hear often. Words that are Truth. Words we can choose to believe; or not. Which will you choose?

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For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalms 30:5 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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