Listen to God’s Truth

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Thinking about David again this morning …

Many of us are familiar with his encounter with the Philistine giant, Goliath. We remember the Israelite army quaking and shaking; fleeing from battle as Goliath mocked the Living Sovereign God. We remember David stepping up and stepping out to face the nine-foot, nine-inch man the others ran from.

We remember the Israelites allowed their fear to shut their eyes and ears to God’s truth of who HE is, while David allowed his faith to open his eyes and ears to God’s truth of who HE is.

As I re-read this story I saw the Israelites looked at the giant and found their strength lacking. David looked at God and found more than enough strength to conquer the one who towered over him.

The Israelite army heard Goliath’s voice thunder across the valley, were afraid, and shrunk back from the battle before them. David heard God’s voice in reply and courageously ran to meet the challenge.

Our battles may not be of gigantic proportions like David’s, but then again, they might be.

We know Satan is alive and well, taunting God’s people day and night. Just like Goliath. He mocks the Living God. Inflicting pain and hurt wherever he can. Sometimes we see the nine-foot, nine-inch giant and head for the hills. Sometimes we see God’s hand in ours and head into the fight in his power and strength.

Sometimes we listen to the devil’s convincing voice and doubt God’s presence. Or his love. Sometimes we turn our ears to the Lord and his peace fills us in the midst of the chaos that surrounds us.

As with David and the Israelites, the choice is ours. We can believe the devil’s lies and half-truths, or we can believe God’s truth that he is with us, empowering us to fight every battle we face large and small.

We trust in the name of the Lord our God. Amen?

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David answered, “You are coming against me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the Israelite armies, which you have defied. This very day the Lord will put you in my power; I will defeat you and cut off your head. And I will give the bodies of the Philistine soldiers to the birds and animals to eat. Then the whole world will know that Israel has a God,  and everyone here will see that the Lord does not need swords or spears to save his people. He is victorious in battle, and he will put all of you in our power.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47

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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