DayBreaks for 12/07/17: Shattered Dreams
NOTE: Galen is traveling for the next few days.
From the DayBreaks archive, December 2007:
Who among us hasn’t had dreams that were destroyed by one of the twists and turns of life? Dreams die hard, and they hurt when they die. We must live with the knowledge and in the presence of that death for the rest of our days. And sometimes, the ghosts of those dreams come back to haunt us.
I spoke today with a woman who recently became a Christian and who attends another church. She told me that in her new congregation she doesn’t seem to find the power to overcome things that she once sensed in her prior church, and it has led her to wonder if God is angry at her, if He’s left her because of something foolish or accidental that she’s done. I’m sure that we’ve all wondered where God was when life became too much to bear.
Much of modern advertising is designed to convince us that if we have more in life that we’ll get more out of life. Not so, says Larry Crabb, in Shattered Dreams: “Satan’s masterpiece is not the prostitute or the skid-row bum. It is the self-sufficient person who has made life comfortable, who is adjusting well to the world and truly likes living here, a person who dreams of no better place to live, who longs only to be a little better—and a little better off—than he already is.”
When it comes to spiritual things, we are all bankrupt before the Father. People who have true joy are God-dependant, not self-sufficient. They yearn for a better relationship with Him through difficult times and find their joy in that relationship, not the fulfillment of their dreams.
What gives you the greatest fulfillment in your life? If it’s not God and His Kingdom, we need to rethink our priorities and dream different dreams.
Matthew 5:3 Matthew 5:3 (KJV) – Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
PRAYER: We humans have a hard time with contentment, Lord. We want and do not have, and we don’t especially want the things that are best for us, like some medicine that might taste bad. Help us learn to trust in Your wisdom for our lives and for what will bring us true joy and meaning. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.