DayBreaks for 1/31/14 – Be Gentle With the Lambs

DayBreaks for 1/31/14 – Be Gentle With the Lambs

From the DayBreaks archives, 1/30/2004:

Isaiah 40:11 (NLT)  – “He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.”

We have so much to learn!  As a modern society, removed from the fields and pastures of the homesteads of yesteryear, we have lost touch with many of the blessings of a simpler life.  We don’t understand the connection between a farmer and his animals.  Sure, many farmers and ranchers raise cattle or other animals and sell them to companies to become the food on our tables, but every farmer I’ve ever known also had a connection with their animals (at least some of them), that made them love and care for those animals like a little child.

Isaiah describes Jesus as a shepherd who feeds and cares for his flock.  The picture of Jesus carrying a little lamb comes, at least in part, from this verse in the 40th chapter.  What this passage and the other passages about the Good Shepherd are trying to teach us is that we have someone who cares for us intensely, who carries us when we can no longer walk on our own, and who binds up our wounds.

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15 (NLT)  – “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search and find my sheep. I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places to which they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day…I myself will tend my sheep and cause them to lie down in peace, says the Sovereign Lord.”

The relational spirit of Jesus is expressed beautifully through these passages.  Brennan Manning relayed a story about a visit to a small farm in the Hudson River valley in New York, where the guide’s only instructions were: “Please be gentle with the lambs.  They won’t come to you if you frighten them.”  He goes on to say, “Jesus did not beat up on broken people.  When his eyes scanned the streets and hillsides, he felt sorry because the people were leaderless.  He never belittled, shamed or ridiculed the.  He took the initiative in seeking out the lost and wayward and did not attempt to convert them with one shattering blow after another of the Torah and the Hebrew prophets.  His mind was constantly infused with mercy, tenderness, and forgiveness.  He did not lecture the woman caught in adultery on the consequences of future infidelity; he saw her dignity being destroyed by so-called religious men.  After reminding them of their solidarity in sinfulness, he looked at the woman with eyes of intense tenderness, forgave her, and told her not to sin anymore.  This moment, you and I are being seen with the same gaze of infinite tenderness.”

Yes, it’s true.  We’re seen by Jesus through the same eyes that looked on the woman from so long ago, we’re loved by the same heart, we’re told that we’re forgiven and that we should go and sin no more.  My question is: do I see other people the same way?  Do I treat those ravaged by sin (and aren’t we all in that boat?) the way Jesus treated the woman and the way He treats me?

Will we be gentle with the lambs?  It’s clear that Jesus is.  We must be gentle with those for whom Jesus died.  Shame on us if we should cause one of these little ones to stumble because of our harsh spirit towards a lamb of His!

PRAYER: Fill us with a gentle and compassionate spirit, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 1/30/14 – Seeing Straight

DayBreaks for 1/30/14 – Seeing Straight

Matthew 6:23 (NLT) – But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

There are times when I am dumbfounded by what self-professed Christians believe in, what they say and what they do. If I am puzzled by it, I wonder what God things of it. Of course, I could be wrong in my beliefs of how Christians are to act and what we are to value, but many things are very clear in Scripture…and yet many act as if they don’t care what the Bible says while they pursue their own interests and act like unbelievers. Perhaps that’s why I found this interesting:

In 1897 vision scientist and psychologist George M. Stratton (1865-1957) created a pair of glasses that turned the world upside down. Actually, he turned the world right-side-up because our eyes project an image to our brains that is naturally upside down. Our brains take an image and invert it – giving us our “right side up” perception of the world. Stratton strapped on his goggles and proceeded to blunder into things for several days. In this new, now “upside-down” world, his brain was seeing liquids “poured up,” he saw himself walking on ceilings. Everything he viewed was completely inverted.

But only for a few days. Our eyes are our cameras, but the pictures we take with our eyes are developed by our brains. After a few days Stratton recorded that his most powerful visual organ, his brain, had figured out that something was amiss. After a few days his brain re-inverted the images it was receiving, and the world no longer looked upside down to the scientist. His brain completely flipped the images and presented him with a right-side up world once again. The process took about three days…

In this physical example, Dr. Stratton’s mind figured out that something was wrong and corrected the problem. How does that relate to Christianity and our behavior and beliefs? We have been given the Spirit that is to convict us of sin, right? So why aren’t “Christians” feeling convicted when they support causes and activities that are clearly (to me and many others) un-biblical?

I suspect the clue lies in the very last fraction of a sentence: “The process took about three days…” How does that relate? Simply this: it doesn’t take long for our vision, our understanding, our beliefs and actions, to find a new “normal” and to believe it is normal. Dr. Stratton was still wearing the glasses that switched the orientation of all he saw, but within just 3 days, his brain told him it was normal and he had adjusted to that new “normal.” So it is with our beliefs – it doesn’t take long to forget where the authority lies, to listen to the wisdom of mankind, and to come to see that as the “normal”, the “right” thing. When our view of morals and ethics become twisted, we are in danger of believing that lies are truth and truth is false.

Who is your authority? Who will you believe about right and wrong? And what will you do about it?

PRAYER: We want to believe what is more comfortable for us and when others tell us that it is okay, Lord, we are quick to believe them. Lead us back to the Truth of Your Word and give us wisdom to understand it and the ability to act on it! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/29/14 – God Showing Through

DayBreaks for 1/29/14 – God Showing Through

SM_MG_7315Galatians 2:20 (NLT)  My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

One Sunday as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, there’s something about the preacher’s message this morning that I don’t understand.” The mother said, “Oh? What is it?” The little girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. He said God is so big that He could hold the whole world in His hand. Is that true?” The mother replied, “Yes, that’s true, honey.” “But Mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside of us when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. Is that true, too?” Again, the mother assured the little girl that what the pastor had said was true. With a puzzled look on her face the little girl then asked, “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”

Many people debate about the meaning and purpose of the Beatitudes. Some say that it is a true prescription for what the Christian should achieve. Others say that it is a goal that we are to reach for, but which God doesn’t expect us to ever achieve. You are entitled to your opinion – I have one, but I think I’ll keep it to myself! But this is the point: I think that the little girl was on to something huge that is typified by what we see in the beatitudes. No matter what else they may be, the beatitudes are about the life of God “showing through” us, becoming visible to a world that needs to see and know and come to love God.

When you are out and about, what is showing through you? Is it God and the characteristics in the Beatitudes, or is it your pride, anger, selfishness, competitiveness, etc.?

Think about it!

PRAYER: The beatitudes are such a challenge, Lord, and we can despair of ever living up to them. We realize we won’t do that perfectly, but we pray that we will do it well enough so that You do shine through us because You are too big in our lives to be hidden! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/28/14 – When God Is AWOL – Disappointment #3

DayBreaks for 1/28/14 – When God Is AWOL – Disappointment #3

Hebrews 13:5-6 (MSG) – Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” 6  we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?

I have known many believers who have grown incredibly disappointed with God and His perceived absence or lack of involvement in a time of struggle or suffering. It just doesn’t seem to ring true with the promise of God, does it? You may have experienced it yourself. Psalm 139:7-12 tells us that it is impossible for us to escape from His Presence, right? But the fact He is everywhere and always everywhere doesn’t mean we’ll sense His Presence. It seems that our experience of God in this world is as much an experiencing of His absence as His presence.

Why do we experience this? One reason is the way sin has intruded into Divine and human relationships. We would do well to remember that it was Adam and Eve who fled from His presence, not the other way around. God came seeking out those two sinners! It isn’t God who wants to maintain a safe distance from mankind, but we humans who seek that distance.  While our relationship with one another and God were not entirely destroyed by sin, it was twisted. And it was our doing that has erected the walls to keep God at bay.

Absence, is, after all, a normal part of any and all relationships. Anthony Bloom noted that we often employ a mechanical approach that tries to force God to show us His presence by drawing near. When we do that, however, he suggests that our efforts have more to do with idolatrous worship than the worship of the Living God: “We can do that with an image, with the imagination, or with the various idols we put in front of us instead of God; we can do nothing of the sort with the living God, any more than we can do it with a living person.”

Is it always the case that the sense of God’s absence is brought about by human shortcoming and sin? I think not. I think we shouldn’t be surprised that mere mortals cannot always detect His presence. If we can’t always detect the presence of another human in our home for example, what makes us think we will always be able to detect the Presence of One who is invisible?

We believe He is real, yet we’ve never seen Him. We believe He is real because of the evidence of creation and the Word. We believe He is good because He has told us He is, in spite of disasters and disease. We believe He is eternal and hasn’t died because He has told us He is eternal. We believe He can’t be tempted with sin and that is it impossible for Him to lie to us. So on what basis would we not believe His promise about His Presence, too? We may not see Him, we may not “feel” Him, we may not “hear” Him, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t closer to us than our own skin.

It is a call for the demonstration of faith. And all who come to God must come through faith!

PRAYER: In the hours and moments of isolation and aloneness, let our faith in Your promised Presence hold strong! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/27/14 – Borrowed Time

DayBreaks for 1/27/14 – Borrowed Time  

Acts 17:30-31 (MSG) – God overlooks it as long as you don’t know any better—but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he’s calling for a radical life-change. 31  He has set a day when the entire human race will be judged and everything set right. And he has already appointed the judge, confirming him before everyone by raising him from the dead.

When we say that someone is living on borrowed time, we mean that they should have died, but for some reason, they didn’t. But with each day, each hour, each heartbeat, they are “living on borrowed time.”

Usually when people know they are living on borrowed time, they live differently. They live more wisely. Often, they live more considerately of others. There is something about living on borrowed time that sounds a clarion deep within that gets our attention.

Sunday morning on our way to church, my wife and I were discussing something that has been disappointing to her about life. I, coming from a pastoral background, was trying to comfort her by saying that it would be different in heaven and that what was causing the disappointment would be gone. Then I said something to the effect that we only have to put up with it for a few more years. I don’t know what prompted me to say that, other than the fact that it’s true. When I was younger, the idea of having to put up with something for decades was incomprehensible and seemed a daunting, if not impossible, challenge. But now, we’re in our sixties and we don’t have decade after decade of life still staring us in the face. The duration of time that we have to put up with anything anymore is not that long – and it seems possible.

Back in 2001 I had an unexpected heart surgery. The surgeon said that my lungs were pink as those of a baby (I was 49 at the time), that I had the heart of a 30-year old, but my cardiac arteries were those of a 70-year-old man. So, the quad bypass circumvented some of that, but if he was right, some of my other arteries are now like those of an 82-year old man. And it dawned on me as I sat there in the car, that I am one of those who is living on borrowed time. Every heartbeat could literally be my last.

I don’t say that for sympathy. I say it because it is true, and once you’ve been diagnosed with cardiac artery disease, you are more keenly aware of that tick-tick that sounds like thump-thump inside your chest. David said that the days of our lives are known to God. With each heartbeat, I am one heartbeat closer to that day of reckoning.

But I’m not alone. The same applies to you. Because we are all sinners, we deserved to die when we committed our first sin. We die because we are human, heirs of Adam. The clock is ticking down for all of us.  We are all living on borrowed time.

The question is: what will I do with the time that is left? What will you do with your remaining heartbeats? Make them count. Spend them wisely. They dwindle so rapidly…and then, like the vapor, we are gone to our eternal destiny.

James 4:14 (MSG) – You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing.

PRAYER: Father, we need perspective to realize we are all on borrowed time. Whatever days our hours may lie before us, let us make them count. Thank You for Your kindness and mercy in sparing us to this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 1/24/14 – Encountering Jesus at the Intersection (Disappointment #2)

DayBreaks for 1/24/14 – Encountering Jesus at the Intersection (Disappointment #2) 

Have you ever dreamed of Jesus? If you have, I’d guess that your dreams were of a gentle, tender, friendly, smiling, bearded and somewhat long-haired person who looked a lot like a Francis Hook painting of the Lord. I can’t tell you those things are wrong, but I can tell you that such images are, at best, only partially correct. I don’t say that because I’ve seen him or have any inside knowledge, but because Jesus always surprises us and we tend to think of him in the pleasantest light.

Can we be brutally honest in this series of thoughts on disappointment? Here’s the fact: I don’t know anyone who at some point or another was not disappointed in Jesus. His apostles were. The religious leaders were. I have been. And if you are being honest, I believe you have been disappointed in him too: when he didn’t heal someone, when you didn’t get that job or the A on the test or when the other team won the game.

Disappointment happens when our expectations of someone or something is not met. The expectations may be realistic or may be groundless, but we have them and when they aren’t satisfied, we are disappointed. And what does that have to do with Jesus? Didn’t he say that if we ask anything his name that we would receive it? Has that been your experience? Who among us who became believers when we were young, didn’t try to literally move a mountain or walk on water as a result of that promise (which we took literally and that caused us to muster up as much faith as we could to try such things).

Here is where we meet Jesus – in this unlikely place that is the intersection of expectations and disappointment. The Jesus we meet there is not the Jesus of our dreams. The Jesus we meet at that intersection is the unpredictable Jesus who let his friend Lazarus die, who couldn’t heal in his own home town, the man of sorrows as well as joy. Make no mistake: he is not a Jesus who lacks power to do anything we ask. He may, if I may be so bold, lack the will to do what we ask because we ask amiss. But once we meet the Jesus of disappointment, you won’t forget him, just like you will never forget the Jesus who does miraculous things that totally blow us away.

We live in a world, especially in America, of unreasonable expectations: a shampoo will make us irresistible to the opposite sex and alcohol only leads to laughter and good times with good looking people but never to hangovers, broken homes and regret. We are told that buying the right car is the roadway to happiness and adventure. What are all these things really offering us? Ultimate fulfillment. As media critic Jean Kilbourne said: The problem with advertising isn’t that it creates artificial needs, but that it exploits our very real and human desires. We are not stupid: we know that buying a certain brand of cereal won’t bring us one inch closer to that goal. But we are surrounded by advertising that yokes our needs with products and promises us that things will deliver what in fact they never can. 

In short: our culture has set us up for disappointment, and so has the church. American theology combines humanistic optimism with a work mentality that leads us to believe that good little Christians will have the hard times and cutting edges of life smoothed over because we are good followers of Jesus. It has even been encapsulated into some of our hymns: Not a shadow will rise, not a cloud in the skies, but his smile quickly drives it away…(Trust and Obey).

Is that true of your experience of Jesus and his smile? If so, where does that leave someone like Job who had his pathway blocked by God and said: Job 19:8 (NLT)  “God has blocked my way so I cannot move. He has plunged my path into darkness”? It would also leave out Jeremiah and his belief, expressed aloud, that he’d been deceived and brutalized by God’s purpose (Jer. 20:7).

Tomorrow we’ll explore some of the reason this happens. This is life, folks. This is where the rubber meets the road and where we will either meet the real Jesus at the intersection of Expectation and Disappointment roads and will cling to him, or like many, we will take a detour of our own concoction.

I believe that Jesus still deserves our allegiance in spite of our disappointment. The problem, you see, isn’t with him….but with us.

PRAYER: Jesus, we have at times been disappointed with you when in reality we came with unrealistic dreams and concepts of who you are and what you are about. Teach us to deal with both our expectations and our disappointments and to continue to seek you in spite of whatever frustrations we may have. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 1/23/14 – She Laughs Now Alfred

DayBreaks for 1/23/14 – She Laughs Now, Alfred           

Revelation 20:13-14 (NLT) – The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14  Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire…

Less than one year ago, I spent two months in Africa, learning and experiencing that land and the people who live and suffer there, so that perhaps we might be able to help them and others like them around the world live better lives spiritually and physically. I came to be very good friends with several of those I was with, but the closest is Alfred, from Liberia. Alfred’s last name is Collie, which in Liberian means “leopard.”

Today, Alfred is not feeling like a leopard, but is weeping over the sudden, unexpected death of his 7-year old granddaughter. He is crushed, weeping without ceasing, in deep anguish of heart and mind. Death has taken another victim. I cannot image the grief of a parent who has lost a child, nor that of a grandparent who loses a grandchild. It is too overwhelming to grasp, to deep to understand – and I can barely stand to contemplate it, let alone go through such gut-wrenching agony.

Alfred is not alone in his grief today. Many today are facing the death of a loved one. Estimates range from 150,000-300,000 people die each day around the world. How many tears per day is that? Yet it is Alfred on this day that has my heart and prayers. He is so far away (or is it I who am far away?) in this time of need and I wish with all my heart I could be there to weep with him.

Early in his career, American playwright, Eugene O’Neill, wrote the imaginative play Lazarus Laughed. It’s about Lazarus’s life after Jesus raised him from the dead. Near the beginning of the play, friends are gathering for a banquet in Lazarus’s honor. They are all eager to hear what Lazarus has to say about his experience. As they are being seated, one guest says, “The whole look of his face has changed. He is like a stranger from a far land. There is no longer any sorrow in his eyes. They must have forgotten sorrow in the grave.” Another guest, one who had helped roll the tombstone aside, recalls the scene after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead beautifully:

And then Lazarus knelt and kissed Jesus’ feet, and both of them smiled, and Jesus blessed him and called him “My Brother” and went away. And Lazarus, looking after him, began to laugh softly like a man in love with God. Such a laugh I never heard! It made my ears drunk! It was like wine! And though I was half-dead with fright, I found myself laughing, too.

Death. We don’t even like to say the word. It has a coldness to it, a finality. There is no life in it. I hate it. You hate it. God hates it. And God will destroy it – totally, utterly, and finally. On the day that happens I will praise Him yet anew. And I shall rejoice to see death cast into hell. Then I, Alfred, his granddaughter and all His children, will laugh.  Until then: Comfort, oh comfort my people, says your God. Isaiah 40:1 (MSG)

PRAYER: Father, only You can comfort us in the face of such devastation as death. I pray Your comfort today on my friend, Alfred. Please, Father, send Jesus back soon to crush this terrible enemy forever! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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