Learn to Trust the Writer of Our Story

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

(This post was written prior to Hurricane Harvey descending on Texas this past week, yet it is so timely.)

A recent article by Lin Christianity Today got me thinking about how we need to learn to trust the writer of our story. God.

In this article, Laurie 

In a discussion of Job, the author says although Job asked God for an explanation, God gave none. Instead God showed all that he was capable of, and Job learned what God wants most from us. To trust him.

The truth is, when we give up being the center of our story, we are better able to live it. For our story now stars someone other than ourselves. As supporting players, we can play our roles with the awareness that we are part of God’s bigger story, and accept our script as the one we are meant to live.

Perhaps it’s time to shift our focus from ourselves and how we view our life, trust God; the writer of our story, and see things from his perspective.

What do you think?

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I know that you can do all things and that no plan of yours can be ruined. You asked, ‘Who is this that made my purpose unclear by saying things that are not true?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand; I talked of things too wonderful for me to know. Job 42:2-3 (NCV)
 
 I wish you well.

Sandy

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Hurricane Harvey and Houston Texas

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

If, like most people, you spent the greater part of this past week glued to your television or device for updates on the news regarding Hurricane Harvey and Houston, Texas; the rain event the weather service called an unprecedented catastrophic event with record-setting historical rain fall, perhaps your heart was grieved at the sight of people young and old rescued by boat, front loader, dump truck, and helicopter from the rising flood waters.

Pilot, Pie, and I live in the Houston area. We’ve been through Alison, Rita, Ike, and now Harvey since moving here from Florida in 2000.

Right now I’d like to thank each and every one of you who faithfully prayed for us, and the rest of the area, during this unprecedented catastrophic event. God was again faithful to hear and answer. Proving it is through placing our trust in him that fear is driven out.

You may have heard Houston Texans football player, JJ Watt, established a fundraiser to help with the recovery efforts. Here’s a link if you feel moved to contribute to help those who lost so much. The storm may be in our rearview mirror when you read this, but the recovery efforts will last far into the future.

I find it interesting that right before Harvey hit Texas, I’d been thinking about Job’s conversation with God. I wrote a post on that conversation before Harvey was a blip on the weather screen. I bumped it from today, and rescheduled it for September 7, 2017.

Near the end of the Book of Job God challenges the man who dared question him. These last five chapters may have been intended for Job, but are written for each of us as well.

In the midst of Job’s suffering he and his friends talked to each other a lot. But they didn’t talk with God very much. Did you ever notice that? It took the whole Book of Job before God answers Job from the whirlwind and asks, “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.” (Job 38:1-3)

In the midst of our personal suffering we may talk a lot to our family and friends, without spending much time talking with God about our situation.

I sent more texts to family and friends during the days of Hurricane Harvey than I have at any other time. (I am not a proficient texter as those who receive my texts can attest.) Sissy also served as a contact person dispensing updates on our situation.

Along with communicating with others, I stayed in constant communication with God. As Job showed us, that is key is it not?

Our lives and wellbeing are ultimately in the hands of an all-powerful, all-knowing Creator God who spoke the world into being, laid the foundations of the earth, told the sea it can only go THIS far, and controls the wind, rain and lightning.

Friends are good to bounce things off and listen to their counsel, but in the end it is better to spend more time listening to God than discussing the hows and whys of things that are beyond our comprehension and control, don’t you think?

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“Who shut up the sea with doors, when it rushed out from its secret place? I made clouds its clothing, and put much darkness around it. I marked the places where it could not pass, and set locks and doors. And I said, ‘You will come this far, and no farther. Here will your proud waves stop.” Job 38:8-11 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Who Can Challenge God?

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Who has ever challenged God successfully? Among the many who have tried the name that comes to my mind first is Job, the Old Testament patriarch who lost his children, fortune and health in a series of dramatic events one right after the other.

As children we question our parents. We question our teachers. As adults we question our supervisors and those in authority over us. We question our leaders. We question God.

pixabayWhy did you allow this to happen?

Why didn’t you do something?

Why?

Why?

Why?

We act as if we are the creator of the universe. We act as if we are the ones in charge. The ones in control. When actually, we are anything but.

Job challenged God to give Job an explanation for what happened. God challenged Job to answer like a man, the questions God posed.

Where was Job when God created the world and put the stars in the heavens and planets in motion?

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Did the waves ask Job how far they should go before stopping on land?

Did the sun and moon ask Job when they should rise and set each day?

When Job realized the foolishness of questioning God’s reasons and actions he covered his mouth in silence, and repented in dust and ashes.

The next time something happens in our lives and we don’t understand it or can’t figure out the reason behind it, maybe we need to realize we live in a very fallen world. Sin abounds. Satan and his demons are alive and well.

And so is God.

pixabayGod is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His love endures forever.

While we can go to God with a questioning heart, we’d best not approach him with a raised fist.

God does not owe us any explanation and we would be wise not to try and demand one.

We should never forget. He is God and we are not.

Jesus is our advocate who stands before God’s throne pleading our case. What say we leave our defense to him?

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If someone wanted to take God to court, would it be possible to answer him even once in a thousand times?  For God is so wise and so mighty. Who has ever challenged him successfully? Job 9:3-4 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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