DayBreaks for 2/10/17 – When the End Comes

DayBreaks for 2/10/17 – When the End Comes

When we think about “the end”, there are probably lots of things that cross your mind.  I think of the blast of the trumpet, I think about what it will be like to actually look up to the heavens and see Jesus for the very first time, surrounded by who-knows-how-many angels, riding on a great white war horse.  I think about what it will be like to see the spirits of the dead popping up from the ground all around.  I think of how I’ll feel – will I know fear, or will my relationship with him be such that there is no fear?  What kind of looks will be on the faces of those who will only for all eternity know him as their judge and not as their Savior?  What kinds of shrieks and cries will fill the air?  Imagine the looks of wonder, shock, joy and dismay that will be seen on people’s faces.

I think about the end of suffering, of pain, disease, death.  I think about not ever having to pay income taxes again, or to never again have to make a house payment (not even on my “mansion” in heaven!)  And I wonder what the One who sits on the throne looks like, I can’t wait to see the four living creatures are like and to hear the sweet music of heaven!

But there’s another thing that will accompany the end that I don’t often think about.  Julian of Norwich put it this way: When the end comes and we are taken for judgment above, we will then clearly understand in God the mysteries that puzzle us now.  Not one of us will think to say, ‘Lord, if it had been some other way, all would be well.’

How many times have I thought God should have done something differently, or in a different way than He has?  Certainly, if He’d only asked me first, I could have told Him a better way than He decided on by Himself!!!!  There are mysteries that deeply trouble me: why we find it so hard to forgive (given the way we have been forgiven by Him!), why we are so quick to judge, why there are tornados, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, diseases, divorces?  Why is there such a thing as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?  Why did He let someone be born only to die within minutes, hours or days?  What purpose do all those things serve, or do they serve any purpose at all?  (I have to believe that they do, or He would not permit them to happen.)  And so, I trust that Julian was right: that the day will come when we will not question God, but will KNOW.  Where we will not accuse Him of choosing the wrong way, for we will see with our own eyes and understand in our own hearts and minds that God did, indeed, choose the best way for everything, and that in the end, “all will be well.”

PRAYER:  Lord Jesus, as you know, It is hard to live by faith when we are alive in a world of such brokenness and unanswered questions.  Teach us to trust You, that there is a rhyme and reason to all things, and that in every decision You make, that You have chosen not only wisely, but perfectly.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 11/01/16 – When He Comes Again

DayBreaks for 11/01/16 – When He Comes Again

From the DayBreaks archive, October 2006:

NOTE: Galen is taking a short vacation.

Where will you be?  What will you be doing?  Have you ever wondered what you’ll see and hear and how you’ll feel when the LORD comes to receive His own?  I have.  I’ve thought about it many times – even worried about it when I was young.  I was afraid he’d come at some time when I’d be away from my mom and dad and sister, and I’d be on my own – lost in the vast horde of humanity that will rise when summoned to the great judgment throne of God.  I look back at those fears now and know that they were childish and silly.  But the coming of Christ will be neither childish nor silly.  It will be spectacular.  It will be indescribable.  It will be, quite honestly, the culminating moment of all history.  I like, however, the way Max Lucado tried to make it real for us.  It stirred my heart, and I hope it stirs yours:


“You are in your car driving home. Thoughts wander to
the game you want to see or meal you want to eat, when suddenly a sound unlike any you’ve ever heard fills the air.  The sound is high above you.  A trumpet?  A choir?  A choir of trumpets?  You don’t know, but you want to know.

“So you pull over, get out of your car, and look up.  As you do, you see you aren’t the only curious one. The roadside has become a parking lot.  Car doors are open, and people are staring at the sky.  Shoppers are racing out of the grocery store.  The Little League baseball game across the street has come to a halt.  Players and parents are searching the clouds. And what they see, and what you see, has never before been seen.

“As if the sky were a curtain, the drapes of the atmosphere part. A brilliant light spills onto the earth. There are no shadows. None.  From whence came the light begins to tumble a river of color spiking crystals of every hue ever seen and a million more never seen. Riding on the flow is an endless fleet of angels. They pass through the curtains one myriad at a time, until they occupy every square inch of the sky.

“North.
South.
East.
West.

“Thousands of silvery wings rise and fall in unison, and over the sound of the trumpets, you can hear the cherubim and seraphim chanting, Holy, Holy, Holy.  The final flank of angels is followed by twenty-four silver-bearded elders and a multitude of souls who join the angels in worship.

“Presently the movement stops and the trumpets are silent, leaving only the triumphant triplet: Holy, Holy, Holy.  Between each word is a pause.  With each word, a profound reverence.  You hear your voice join in the chorus. You don’t know why you say the words, but you know you must.

“Suddenly, the heavens are quiet.  All is quiet.  The angels turn, you turn, the entire world turns and there He is. 

 “Jesus.

“Through waves of light you see the silhouetted figure of Christ the King.  He is atop a great stallion, and the stallion is atop a billowing cloud.  He opens his mouth, and you are surrounded by his declaration: “I am the Alpha and the Omega!” 


“The angels bow their heads.
“The elders remove their crowns.
“And before you is a Figure so consuming that you know, instantly you know:  Nothing else matters. 

“Forget stock markets and school reports.  Sales meetings and football games.  Nothing is newsworthy.  All that mattered, matters no more….for Christ has come.” – Max Lucado 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NIV) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage each other with these words.

PRAYER:  Father, when we are prone to despair and be discouraged, help us to remember that the “day of the Lord” will, indeed, come, and that when it does, there will be nothing at all that matters except Jesus.  May we be eagerly ready!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 6/20/16 – The Blink of an Eye

DayBreaks for 6/20/16 – The Blink of an Eye

From the DayBreaks archive, June 2006:

1 Corinthians 15:50-53 (NLT) – What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever.  But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed.  It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will betransformed so that we will never die.  For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die.

The amount of misery in a children’s hospital is breathtaking.  As much as the children may be suffering, it is a valid question to ponder whether they, or their parents, have the worst of it.  Listening to the stories of people from Louisiana who came for a heart operation for their child (83 days ago now, and counting) are heart-rending.  The details are sketchy to me for the conversation was brief, but suffice it to say that after 3 open heart surgeries, they are only now back to where they started.  They will be sent home with their little one, back to Louisiana, so he can recuperate and get enough strength to try it yet again.  The surgery that was intended to heal the little one didn’t – something went dreadfully wrong and he couldn’t “tolerate” what was done, so they had to open his chest again and undo the very thing that he came here for – and with it, the hopes of the parents were put on agonizing hold. 

Another family is present here who have four children.  Three of them were born with some deficiency in their liver that causes it to not produce a single enzyme that is necessary for them to live a normal lifespan. Right now, the only hope is a liver transplant.  One child has already had it, the other 2 will need it.  Genetic screening has since revealed that their parents carried “defective” genes and that there was only a 25% chance that any child would have this problem.  That 25% chance spiraled upward so far that 3 of the 4 children, including a baby born in February, are afflicted and face uncertain futures.  And the parents had no idea about all this until just before the fourth one was born – the disease often doesn’t manifest itself until a child is 10-15 years of age. 

As I sit here by the window at the hospital I am dumbstruck by both the suffering I see and have heard about, but also by the hope that rings in the voices of these parents.  And I think to myself, “What can ever stop this?”  And at that moment, I think I hear, far away and distant – as far away as heaven itself – the sound of someone warming up to play the trumpet.  And I am reminded that indeed, it is true that the day will come when there will be no more bad hearts, no more failing livers or lungs, no more widows or orphans.  It takes a power that only One who is truly God possesses to make such a thing a reality.  But it will come.  Most certainly.  Wouldn’t some trumpet music be great about right now?

Revelation 6:10-11 (NIV) – They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”  Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer…

PRAYER:  Father, the waiting is hard.  It’s not that we doubt Your promise, it’s that we question Your timing because we can’t understand Your working.  I thank You that You possess the power and the will to fix all this in a fraction of a second by a single thought. May that day be today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 3/07/16 – The Day God Will Be Vindicated

DayBreaks for 3/07/16: The Day God Will Be Vindicated

We might be tempted to think that God doesn’t need any vindication. But he does…and he will have it. Why? Because the slander and belittling of God, the attacking of God has been going on for a long, long time now – since before the creation of the world, apparently. And it will go on as long as this world will stand. But then it will stop – through the endless corridors of eternity it will never again happen.

What am I talking about? I am talking about the slanderous accusations against God, against His actions and choices, His plan and decisions, His very nature. In the Garden it raised up from the mouth of the evil one when he accused God of being a liar and untrustworthy = “Did God really say…You won’t die!” What was he saying? He was calling God a liar, pure and simple. He was saying God was deceiving and manipulating and untrustworthy. And the accusations continue to this day, in fact, we’ve echoed some of those things ourselves.

“God, how could you let this happen? You can’t be a good and loving God and let my little one die! God, why didn’t you hear my prayer?” And we doubt his goodness and rail against him. Pundits and politicians, princes and paupers, philosophers and poets have all attacked God and slandered him. And so have I at times.

But did you know that some day, God will be vindicated? It’s right there in Ephesians 2:4-7: – But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

In the coming endless eons of eternity, God will be vindicated. God will point to (get this!) us (His church) as the proof of His goodness, grace and kindness. Those who say he is unkind, that he is a hater, that he is mean and selfish and ugly and unloving – that he is a torturer and not a life-giver – will be silenced when they behold what God has done to rescue His people.

Isn’t that stunning? On that day, Satan will no longer make accusations for he will be silenced before the blinding truth of Ephesians 2:7 as the spotless bride of Christ is revealed and all can see what lengths God went to in order to save that which he loved. When Satan starts to make accusation on that day, I can imagine Jesus rising up from His throne at the right hand of the Father, stretching out his hands and feet, showing the wound in his side, and I can see Satan falling utterly silent as he is cast forever into the pit.

I can imagine all those who attacked and disparaged God not even daring to lift their eyes to see the risen Lord – whose scars bear witness to what kind of Being God is.

God will be vindicated. And I will be there to see it and join in as the praises swell into a mighty chorus! How I long to see it!

TODAY’S PRAYER: Great Father, Abba, for all the times I’ve been tempted to doubt your goodness, when I have said disparaging things or thought them of you, forgive me! I long to see Your great vindication! Let me be there and let me be one who is part of that vindication! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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