DayBreaks for 07/01/13 – What Are You Doing Here?

DayBreaks for 07/01/13 – What Are You Doing Here?

17_Elija___The_Cave1 Kings 19:11-13 (NLT) – “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?

Have you ever entered a room or gone to a store and forgotten why you were there?  Why you’d gone there?  Hopefully, it soon comes back to you but as we get older, sometimes that recollection takes longer!

Elijah was hiding in a cave on Mt. Sinai (Horeb).  He’d run for his life from the wrath of queen Jezebel, who was undoubtedly a genuine terror.  There is no indication that he’d sought God’s will before running, and in fact, if you were to read the entire nineteenth chapter of 1 Kings, you’d see that God asks him the same question not once, but twice: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

I don’t know for sure, but I think that the emphasis in God’s question was probably on the word, “here”.  God was asking, “Elijah, why are you here instead of back where you belong?”  Why do I think that?  Because right after this question and Elijah’s response, God sends him back to the place he’d fled shortly before. 

It is easy for us to wind up in the wrong place when we don’t ask God’s direction to start with.  We, like Elijah, conclude that it obviously makes sense to flee or to go to this place or that.  The problem is that while it may make sense to us, God’s ways DON’T make sense to us because His thoughts and ways are different than ours.  God had some other plan for Elijah, and by running to the cave and hiding, Elijah was working against God’s plan, much like Jonah’s running from God did. 

But here’s what I love.  God could have shouted the question at Him, but He whispered it.  God is so tender towards us, so gentle with us! 

We all need re-direction from time to time.  Are you where God wants you to be right now?  If you aren’t sure, ask Him…and then listen very silently and very carefully.  But know this: if you are not where He wants you and He makes that clear to you, you must act on that knowledge and go where He directs you!

PRAYER:  Search our hearts, reveal to us Your desires for where we should be, what we should do, where You want us to go, Lord.  Keep us from self-deception, fear and the comfort of complacency that would keep us in the same place forever rather than following Your lead!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/28/13 – The Sound of Falling Snow

DayBreaks for 06/28/13 – The Sound of Falling Snow

snowflakes falling in the woods1 Kings 19:11-12 (NLT) – “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.”

When Elijah finally made it to the mountain of the Lord (Horeb, or Sinai) on his flight from Jezebel, God wants to speak with him, so He invites him to go stand outside of the cave where he’s been in hiding.  A mighty windstorm, so severe that rocks were torn loose (“shattered” in other translations), swept the mountain.  Now I’ve heard windstorms before, having lived in Florida where there are hurricanes, but I’ve never seen nor heard a wind so strong that it shattered rocks and tossed them about like paper!  But that might have been what I would have expected of the Lord if he were to speak with me.  But God wasn’t in the wind.

An earthquake followed the wind.  Again, living in California, I’ve experienced a lot of earthquakes.  I went to Haiti after that horrible earthquake and seen their power first hand.  But God wasn’t in the might and strength of the earthquake, either.

A fire follows – but still no God.

Finally, there is the “…sound of a gentle whisper.”  In the original languages, the word used for “a gentle whisper” is the word for the sound of falling snow.  I lived in Maine and some of the most profound moments of my life occurred there when I went out onto the front porch during a snowfall in the woods and just listened.  It was so very, very silent. 

When I learned about the meaning of the original words here for “gentle whisper”, I was almost swept of my feet with the realization that when I ask God for some word of direction or guidance, I may need to be very, very quiet otherwise I won’t hear Him.  Often, however, when I am desperate enough to seek His direction and a word from Him, my soul and mind and heart are racing and raging and my inner person is filled with noise.  How can I expect to hear a gentle whisper?  Doesn’t Scripture tell us to “Be still and know that I am God”?  Aren’t we told that “The Lord is in His holy temple.  Let all the earth keep silence before Him”? 

I need to learn the discipline of silence.  God could have been in the wind, the earthquake and/or the fire.  But in this instance at least, He wasn’t.  He was in the gentle whisper that one can only hear when we are listening that closely and have quieted our souls.  God is not an obtrusive, bully that makes us hear Him.  He invites us to hear Him, but we have to listen very closely.  Why doesn’t He give us loud words?  It might kill us.  He is gentle, He is loving, He is longing for us to hear Him!

PRAYER:  God, I want to hear Your voice and receive Your direction.  Be still, oh my soul, that I can hear His gentle whisper.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/27/13 – The Journey Is Too Great for You

DayBreaks for 06/27/13 – The Journey Is too Great For You

010-elijah-fed-by-ravens1 Kings 19:7 (NLT) – “Then the angel of the LORD came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”

The 19th chapter of 1 Kings is one of my favorite chapters.  Elijah, considered by the ancient Jews to be the greatest of the prophets, had just faced down the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel in a contest to determine who the real God was.  In the aftermath, 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah were killed because they had led Israel into false worship.  It was a great and decisive victory and God’s power was clearly evident.

But, Jezebel heard about it from her husband, King Ahab, and she was furious.  She sent a messenger to Elijah telling him that she was going to kill him.  Elijah’s reaction?  Turn tail and run.  There’s no indication that he sought the Lord’s direction before doing so, but I may have done the very same thing he did.

So, by 1 Kings 19:7, Elijah is on the run and he’s weary and exhausted.  He has two visits from an angel who provides him with food and water.  The second time the angel says, “…the journey will be too much for you.” 

I was thinking about this in the spiritual sense.  We are on a journey – it may be long or short, but one thing is virtually certain: it will be arduous!  And this journey for us, as it was for Elijah, is too much for us.  Like Elijah, we need heavenly intervention if we are to survive.

Rather than an angel, God sent His Son to provide us with the nourishment we need to not just survive, but to be victorious on this journey.  The only question is whether or not we will rise up and avail ourselves of the Heavenly food He has provided for us!

PRAYER:  May we feast richly on the One who alone can provide us what we need for this journey!  See us safely to the end, Lord Jesus!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/26/13 – Jesus and the “But-First” Syndrome

DayBreaks for 06/26/13 – Jesus and the “But-First” Syndrome

charles-barsotti-but-first-a-distraction-new-yorker-cartoonLuke 9:59-60 (MSG) – Jesus said to another, “Follow me.” He said, “Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father’s funeral.”  Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom!”

“Jesus doesn’t want fans. He wants followers. Jesus wants people who will do more than simply sit in a pew and clap and cheer. He wants people who will take up a cross daily, the cross of service and love.

“Some of you may know the story of Rich Stearns. When Rich Stearns was a young man and new Christian, he got engaged. His fiancée like many young brides wanted to register for china at the local department store. But he said to her, ”As long as there are children starving in the world, we will not own china, crystal, or silver.”

“What a wonderful statement of discipleship. His answer reminds me of that first man in our lesson who said, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

“However, as Rich entered the corporate world and started climbing the ladder, he found he had a really good head for business. Twenty years later he was the CEO of Lennox–ironically, the top producer of luxury tableware–fine china–in the country.

“One day Rich received a phone call from an organization called World Vision, asking if he would consider getting involved with them. So Rich went to Rakai, Uganda, an area considered ground zero for the AIDS pandemic. In that village he sat in a thatched hut with a thirteen-year-old boy with the same first name as his–Richard. A pile of stones outside the door of the hut marked where they had buried Richard’s father, who had died of AIDS. Another pile of stones marked where they buried his mother, who also died of AIDS. That kind of thing happens every day in Africa.

“Rich talked for a while with young Richard–now the head of the household trying to raise his two younger brothers–and asked him at one point, “Do you have a Bible?”

“Yes, the boy said, and he went into the other room and brought back the one book in their house.   “Are you able to read it?” Rich asked, and at that the boy’s face lit up. “I love to read the gospel of John because it says Jesus loves children,” the boy said.

“And suddenly Rich Stearns knew what he had to do. He needed to follow Jesus full-time. He left his job and his house and his title. Today he’s working for God.

“Rich Stearns is the kind of man Christ is looking for. Christ is not looking for people who’ll get excited for a few moments on Sunday morning and then forget all about their good intentions. He’s not looking for people who are suffering from the “But-first” syndrome and who are continually making excuses about why now is not a good time for them to make a commitment. Jesus is looking for followers–people who will wake up each day with a determination to live as Christ would have them live. Can he count on you?” 

PRAYER:  Let us not make excuses, Lord, and when we do, turn our hearts to instant obedience so we follow without hesitation!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/25/13 – An Uncomfortable Truth – No, Not THAT One!

DayBreaks for 06/25/13 – An Uncomfortable Truth – No, Not THAT One!

poor childrenIsaiah 1:11-17 (NLT) – “What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?” says the LORD. “I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.   When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?  Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting— they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings.  I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!  When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.  Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways.  Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

In his book, The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns quotes a modern day prophet, perhaps a human being who in our day and age has done more to care for the oppressed, the widows and orphans than anyone else, but the truth is hard to hear:

“Fifteen thousand Africans are dying each day of preventable, treatable diseases – AIDS, malaria, TB – for lack of drugs that we take for granted.

“This statistic alone makes a fool of the idea many of us hold on to very tightly: the idea of equality.  What is happening to Africa mocks our pieties, doubts our concern and questions our commitment to the whole concept.  Because if we’re honest, there’s no way we could conclude that such mass death day after day would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else.  Certainly not North America or Europe, or Japan.  An entire continent bursting into flames?  Deep down, if we really accept that their lives – African lives – are equal to our, we would all be doing more to put the fire out.  It’s an uncomfortable truth.

“We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies – but will we be that generation?  Will we in the West realize our potential or will we sleep in the comfort of our affluence with apathy and indifference murmuring softly in our ears?  Fifteen thousand people dying needlessly every day from AIDS, TB, and malaria.  Mothers, fathers, teacher, farmers, nurses, mechanics, children.  This is Africa’s crisis.  That it’s not on the night news, that we do not treat this as an emergency – that’s our crisis.

“Future generation flipping through these pages will know whether we answered the key question.  The evidence will be the world around them.  History will be our judge, but what’s written is up to us.  We can’t say our generation didn’t know how to do it.  We can’t say our generation couldn’t afford it.  And we can’t say our generation didn’t have reason to do it.  It’s up to us.”

You know what haunts me?  The idea that someday I may stand before God and hear Him ask me, “What did you do for those in Africa?” 

Oh, the name of the modern day prophet?  Bono – lead singer for the band, U2. 

PRAYER:  Lord, help us to CARE, to LOVE, to GIVE in ways that help and don’t hurt those we are trying to help!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/24/13 – Neither Dancing Nor Weeping

DayBreaks for 06/24/13 – Neither Dancing Nor Weeping

dancingweepingLuke 7:31-35 (MSG) – “How can I account for the people of this generation?  They’re like spoiled children complaining to their parents, ‘We wanted to skip rope and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk but you were always too busy.’  John the Baptizer came fasting and you called him crazy.   The Son of Man came feasting and you called him a lush.  Opinion polls don’t count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”

What a bold man Jesus was!  For some reason, this passage had skipped my attention until one morning’s quite time in Ghana.  Jesus wasn’t afraid to let his frustrations show, though I’m sure that we don’t know even a tenth of his frustration with mortals. 

In context, some of John’s followers had just come to ask if Jesus was the Messiah, or if they should go away and look for someone else.  No wonder Jesus was frustrated!  John himself has testified to Jesus, and now even John was having doubts.  These two emissaries asked their question and then observed for two or three hours while Jesus healed and wrought wonders.  He then instructed them to go and tell John what they’d seen, then reinforces the greatness of John.  Next, however, he lights into the fickleness of humanity.

I think that the problem many in Jesus’ day had with Jesus is the same problem many have today: the people of that generation didn’t get what they expected from Jesus.  In short, they blamed Jesus for not dancing to their tune, for not fitting in with what they wanted the Messiah to be.  They only wanted to sing and dance, not do anything that required repentance or effort to move toward holiness.  They wanted entertainment and not spiritual reformation or anything hard. 

This is the story of the American church and Americans today.  We want show and glitz, not the hard words such as John and Jesus spoke.  The Word is a two-edged sword and it cuts, causing us to bleed if we have a soft heart that can be cut.

The children in Jesus’ illustration complained that they didn’t sing (something that would have been done at a wedding) nor mourn (a funeral activity).  John’s message was like the dirge and they refused to listen to him.  Jesus was accused of revelry (drinking and feasting at weddings) and they rejected him. 

We really don’t want what we often ask for, and when and if we do get it, we reject it and say we want something else.  The last thing we want is conviction and the bad news (we are sinners destined for hell) that must of necessity precede the good news that sets us free. 

PRAYER: The truth is hard for us to hear and we don’t like it when You back us into a corner and force us to confront the truth about what we are.  Strip away our pre-conceived notions of what you are like and what you should do…and simply accept You for what You truly are!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/21/13 – Out of Gas

DayBreaks for 06/21/13 – Out of Gas

pumping-gasRomans 8:13-14 (NLT) – For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

One New Year’s Day, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit.  It was out of gas.  The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas.

The amusing thing was this float represented the Standard Oil Company.  With its vast oil resources, its truck was out of gas.

Laugh about it while you can, but the reality is that often, Christians who are to be “clothed with power” (Lk. 24:49) often find themselves out of gas spiritually because they have been neglecting their spiritual maintenance.  The passage (above) from Romans is talking about temptation and sin in context, but the Spirit that it describes is the power that is to be dominant in our lives.  It is the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead.  It is the Spirit by which the apostles and disciples have wrought miracles throughout the Christian dispensation.  It is the Spirit which will one day raise us from the dead.  THIS is the Spirit of POWER!

So, why are so many Christians constantly “out of gas” spiritually?  There may be various reasons and I don’t want to try to address them all, but the most likely explanation is that we haven’t been filling our “Spirit-tank” with the right kind of fuel.  We fill it with entertainment, diversions, dawdlings and frivolity instead of with Spiritual food and fuel. 

Let’s change how we spend so much of our time and start “tanking up” for the task all around us!

PRAYER: Infuse us, Spirit!  We need your energy and power!  Give us the strength to pursue you, to run hard after you and grasp hold of you!  Fill us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/20/13 – The Nonsensical God

DayBreaks for 06/20/13 – The Nonsensical God

poker-game-skill-nonsensical-thumbLamentations 3:22 (NIV) – Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

Keith Wagner, in The Supremacy of Love, wrote the following: “I have some items in my garage that I have been holding on to. I’m waiting for the day I have a garage sale so I can make some money. You know what they say, “waste not, want not.” Why throw away a perfectly good item when you can make some money on it, right? A friend said to me, “Why don’t you just set it out. Someone will surely come by that can use it. Then you will have more room and be free of something you really don’t need.”

“My friend was right. We have a habit of holding on to things that might have value. Giving away something that we could turn into cash would be unthinkable. It wouldn’t make any sense.

“Does love have to make sense?”

We talk a lot about how God’s love for us just doesn’t make sense…especially when we have come to understand the darkness of our sinfulness and how many times we have hurt Him.  (Doesn’t it seem strange to think that the created beings can actually hurt the Creator?  What an amazing concept!)  Once we understand that, we must be overcome with the awareness that God’s love for us is so amazing, so nonsensical, that it blows our tiny little human minds.

But what about our love for others?  How often do we do things which don’t make sense but which show love for others?  Or do we wrestle with the decision to do something nonsensical for others because, well, it would make us look foolish?  Does God look foolish for loving creatures such as us who hurt Him over and over?  Perhaps.  But he’s willing to take that risk.  Are we?

PRAYER:  Let us be foolish in our imitation of Your love!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/19/13 – Rooting Out Evil

DayBreaks for 06/19/13 – Rooting Out Evil

Jesus_Casts_Out_a_Legion_of_Demons_ezrMatthew 8:30-32 (KJV) – And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.  And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

It is interesting that in the English language the word evil is “live” spelled backwards. Truthfully, evil always destroys. Life is diminished if not obliterated where the demons rule. The death of the pigs recorded in Mark shows that. And, in the Ancient Near East, the sea represented one of the forces of chaos that people feared the most, especially among the Israelites. So it’s a double-threat: first there is death but to compound the matter there is death by drowning in the sea, thus increasing the sense of chaos and evil in this story.

The sad spectacle of those hapless pigs rushing headlong into the sea should serve to remind us that the expelling of evil from our world always involves sacrifice. Whatever His reasons, God does not simply wave a magic wand to eliminate evil. Rooting out evil takes time, takes effort, and takes above all sacrifice. This should hardly people who live their lives in the shadow of a cross.

One final point, however: Jesus was chased away by the townsfolk but the healed man remained and according to verse 39, he kept on talking about what Jesus had done. Something about his witness reminds us that this is also our role: lots of people in this world try to chase Jesus away. Our task is to hang around and just keep talking, just keep witnessing to Jesus’ work, and just keep hoping and praying that at the end of the day, that witness will bring people back to the very Jesus they once chased away. “Return home and tell how much God has done for you,” Jesus told this man.

He tells the rest of us the exact same thing.

PRAYER:  If we had our choice, Father, we would have You wave a magic wand and eliminate all evil now.  We’d rather not have to think about the sacrifice part of what it means to rid our corner of the world of evil.  And we’d rather not have to evangelize.  Change our hearts, give us courage to live engaged in the battle daily.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/18/13 – Out “Living” Our Opponents

DayBreaks for 06/18/13 – Live Them Out

ToyohikoKagawaJohn 18:38 (KJV) – Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Titus 2:7 (NLT) – And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.

Before and during WW2, a Japanese named Toyohiko Kagawa, a devout Christian, did amazing things and his faith caused him to have an extraordinary impact on the working conditions of ordinary citizens in Japan. He was so well thought of in that land that he came on a mission to the U.S. before the beginning of the Second World War to seek to prevent that terrible conflict breaking out. Even though he failed in this effort, he gained international renown for his Christian witness and selfless work.

Years later Kagawa was on a lecture tour to the United States. Two college students were walking across their campus after hearing him speak. One of them confessed that he was disappointed in Kagawa’s simple message.

After some reflection, the other student replied: “I suppose it really doesn’t matter very much what a man says when he has lived as Kagawa has lived.”

That is true. In today’s vernacular, it is more important that Kagawa walked the walk and not just talked the talk. A consecrated life is far more eloquent and convincing than any well thought out argument. The world will not accept the way of Christ because we can out talk our spiritual opponents, but only because we can out live them. Such a demonstration of the superior quality of our faith will verify our witness more readily than any other effort in which we can engage. Kagawa did that superbly. His life, however, was simply a reflection of the life of his Master.

Jesus walked the walk more perfectly than anyone who has ever lived. He lived out the ethic which he taught. He was totally committed to doing his Father’s will. He was a man of courage. He was a man of commitment.   

PRAYER:  Jesus, it is so much easier to talk the talk than to live the life you have called us to live.  Help us to out “live” our opponents!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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