Find Us Faithful

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

When we look back over history, we find those who were faithful to do what God called them to do despite the prevailing thought and opposition at the time. These faithful of God did not seek fame or comfort or recognition for their good deeds and obedience, they merely sought to honor God with their lives. Oh, that we would do the same.

At times we may grow weary in doing good, feel like giving up, and not want to fight the good fight anymore, but it is precisely at those times God’s strength shines the brightest through these broken vessels we call our lives.

Moses really wasn’t too keen on returning to Egypt and confronting Pharaoh, demanding he let God’s people go, but go Moses did. Not in his strength, but in the strength and power of a Mighty God.

God’s many prophets warned the rebellious Israelites to turn from their wickedness, but the people refused to listen and did what was right in their own eyes, regardless of how their actions went against God’s laws.

Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into jail for preaching about Jesus, the Risen Messiah, yet their songs of praise rang out through the jail until their chains fell, and the door to their cell flew open.

In more recent years there was Harriett Tubman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oskar Shindler, Corrie Ten Boom, Mother Teresa, Jim Elliot … and many many more. Men and women who were faithful, sacrificed themselves, and stood up for justice for the sake of others.

So when we become overwhelmed and burdened by the things going on around us, let’s think of all the Saints who have been faithful and gone before. Let us take courage, and keep on keeping on to fight the good fight in accordance with God’s will. Amen?

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Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Tuskegee Red Tails

Last month, Pilot and I had the opportunity to attend an event featuring former Tuskegee Airman, 90-year-old, Dr. Luzine Bickham. Dr. Bickham shared some of his experiences training for, and flying with, the Red Tails during World War II.

The brave pilots and support personnel of the Tuskegee Airmen not only faced the hard rigors of their Army Air Corps training, they did it under the unbearable circumstances of segregation and prejudice against African Americans. They persevered, though the odds were stacked mightily against them. They excelled as one of the most decorated and respected fighter escorts of US bombers that targeted enemy installations in Europe. The Red Tails risked their lives to defeat the enemy, Hitler, so people could be free.

During the question and answer section of the program, an African-American who is currently serving our country in the US Air Force thanked Dr. Bickham and all the others who went before, for opening the door that allows him to serve his country today.

An acquaintance of mine was once complimented on being one of the first high ranking, female Army Chaplains. Her response? The glass shards hurt when you are breaking that ceiling.

I’m sure the Red Tails would agree.

 

So, I’m thinking … Jesus faced unbearable circumstances when he walked as a human here on this earth. He was despised. Forsaken. Rejected. Falsely accused. Betrayed. Abandoned. Tortured. Murdered.

All to make a way for us to be free from our enemy, Satan.

The Red Tails did not back down. They stood their ground. They knew what they fought for was worth it.

So did Jesus.

The Tuskegee Airmen opened the door that proved they were more than competent, capable, and committed to serving their country as military pilots in a time of war.

Jesus opened the door for each of us to reach the Father in Heaven. Jesus was the curtain that was torn in two which allows us to approach God’s throne. It is through Christ Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross of Calvary we have the opportunity to serve our LORD.

Just as the men of the 99th and 332nd were faithful to the tasks before them and set an example for others to follow, Jesus set an example for us to follow as well.

All of us can be trailblazers. We can show the way to Heaven through Jesus. As Steve Green sings, may all who come behind us find us faithful to the tasks that have been set before us.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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