Sunday Scriptures — The Chicken Little Effect

Isaiah 40by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Something I try to remind myself whenever a situation appears daunting, is to remember everything God has already brought me through and realize he didn’t being me this far to drop me now.

When I stop and consider each and every time God has shown up and showed out, the fear of the future event shrinks and releases the grip it held on my throat. But that takes a deliberate act on my part. It doesn’t come easy.

I have to choose to remember God’s goodness in the face of the awful.

Sometimes we get caught up in the crowd mentality around us. I call it the Chicken Little sky is falling effect. You know, the mistaken belief disaster is imminent. Fear can run through a group of people like a fast spreading fire, destroying everything in its path.

It seems the Israelites fell into this Chicken Little trap more than once when they made decisions and forgot to remember what God had already done for them, causing them to freeze in their tracks fearing the what-ifs.

When they reached the Promised Land they listened to the report of the ten spies who said the land couldn’t be taken. They didn’t listen to the two spies who said with God on their side, it most assuredly could be conquered.

The people forgot who God was. The Almighty Powerful Sovereign LORD. They lost perspective of who they were in God’s eyes. Beloved people. Set apart.

They stood at the edge of the land God promised them afraid to open the door and step inside. They refused to take the land and missed out on God’s blessings for them.

They accepted God’s provision of food, water, clothing, shade from the cloud by day and warmth from the pillar of fire by night. Maybe when it came to conquering the land of Canaan, with its men who made the ten spies feel like grasshoppers in their eyes, they didn’t believe God could provide and deliver them.

I wonder…do we do the same thing? Are we okay with believing God can handle the things we consider small, but allow fear to make us falsely believe he can’t handle the bigger, tougher, scarier issues in life?

We can get caught up in the sky is falling mentality and forget who holds the sky in place.

Fear can lead us to do some pretty strange things. Forgetting who God is and what he is able to do being one of those things.

Back to the beginning of this post…remember what God has already brought us through and realize he didn’t bring us this far to drop us now.

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 We are afraid, because the men who explored the land told us that the cities are large, with walls that reach to the sky. The people who live there are taller and stronger than we are, and some of them are Anakim. We have nowhere to go.”

Then I said, “Don’t worry! The Lord our God will lead the way. He will fight on our side, just as he did when we saw him do all those things to the Egyptians. And you know that the Lord has taken care of us the whole time we’ve been in the desert, just as you might carry one of your children.”

But you still would not trust the Lordeven though he had always been with us in the desert. During the daytime, the Lord was in the cloud, leading us in the right direction and showing us where to camp. And at night, he was there in the fire. Deuteronomy 1:28-33 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Don’t Despair

Isaiah 40

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

There have been a couple times in my life when I believe what I felt was utter despair. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines despair as to lose all hope or confidence. Yep. That’s what I felt. And what a dreadful place to be.

When we think of the life of King David many things may pop into our minds. Shepherd boy. Goliath killer. Harp player. Psalm writer. Chased by King Saul. Beloved friend of Jonathan. Warrior King of Israel. Slayed thousands. Adulterer. Murderer. Man after God’s own heart. Jesus’ ancestor…

Throughout David’s psalms are songs of anguish, despair and doubt coupled with songs of comfort, praise and rejoicing.

Could it be said of the story of our lives that anguish, despair and doubt can be replaced by comfort, praise and rejoicing? I believe so.

During the times when it appeared I had lost all hope, like David, there remained a spark. A flicker. An ember which refused to be doused by the events that threatened. A reminder that God’s faithfulness could not be removed.

Feeling at the point of losing all hope and confidence?

May I suggest you do what David did, what I do? Remember everything God has brought us through and realize he didn’t bring us this far to drop us now.

Praise God in the midst of the bleakness for who he is. Praise him for what he has done. Praise him for what he is capable of doing. Praise him. Simply praise him.

Get your praise on and send the devil running!

Amen?

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Take courage, my soul! Do you remember those times (but how could you ever forget them!) when you led a great procession to the Temple on festival days, singing with joy, praising the Lord? Why then be downcast? Why be discouraged and sad? Hope in God! I shall yet praise him again. Yes, I shall again praise him for his help. Psalm 42:4-5 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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