DayBreaks for 10/6/17 – Come Sit With Me

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DayBreaks for 10/06/17: Come Sit With Me

From PreachingToday.com:

In his book The Pressure’s Off, psychologist Larry Crabb uses a story from his childhood to illustrate our need to delight in God through adversity:

“One Saturday afternoon, I decided I was a big boy and could use the bathroom without anyone’s help.  So I climbed the stairs, closed and locked the door behind me, and for the next few minutes felt very self-sufficient.  Then it was time to leave.  I couldn’t unlock the door.  I tried with every ounce of my three-year-old strength, but I couldn’t do it.  I panicked.  I felt again like a very little boy as the thought went through my head, “I might spend the rest of my life in this bathroom.”

“My parents—and likely the neighbors—heard my desperate scream.

“Are you okay?”  Mother shouted through the door she couldn’t open from the outside.  “Did you fall?  Have you hit your head?”

“I can’t unlock the door!”  I yelled.  “Get me out of here!”

“I wasn’t aware of it right then, but Dad raced down the stairs, ran to the garage to find the ladder, hauled it off the hooks, and leaned it against the side of the house just beneath the bedroom window.  With adult strength, he pried it open, then climbed into my prison, walked past me, and with that same strength, turned the lock and opened the door.

“Thanks, Dad,” I said—and ran out to play.

“That’s how I thought the Christian life was supposed to work.  When I get stuck in a tight place, I should do all I can to free myself.  When I can’t, I should pray.  Then God shows up. He hears my cry—”Get me out of here! I want to play!”—and unlocks the door to the blessings I desire.

“Sometimes he does.  But now, no longer three years old and approaching sixty, I’m realizing the Christian life doesn’t work that way.  And I wonder, are any of us content with God? Do we even like him when he doesn’t open the door we most want opened—when a marriage doesn’t heal, when rebellious kids still rebel, when friends betray, when financial reverses threaten our comfortable way of life, when the prospect of terrorism looms, when health worsens despite much prayer, when loneliness intensifies and depression deepens, when ministries die?

“God has climbed through the small window into my dark room. But he doesn’t walk by me to turn the lock that I couldn’t budge.  Instead, he sits down on the bathroom floor and says, “Come sit with me!”  He seems to think that climbing into the room to be with me matters more than letting me out to play.”

Galen’s Thoughts: I don’t know about you, but I know that I need to spend more time sitting on the floor next to God and listening to Him, letting Him delight me with His Presence.  That last thing I need to do is run out and play some more.  Time grows short – and the mind turns from games to more important matters.  If you have been praying for God to do something for you and He hasn’t, in His wisdom, done it…try sitting on the floor with Him for a while.  I don’t think we’ll regret it if we do.

PRAYER:  Lord, help us to slow down and stop scurrying all over in a frantic search for entertainment.  Help us to see when You’re trying to tell us to just sit quietly with You.  Give us the patience to stop running away from You to play all of the time!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/23/12 – Two Types of Tests

DayBreaks for 11/23/12 – Two Kinds of Tests

From the DayBreaks Archive, dated 11/22/02:

Mark 10:24 – “The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!

James 5:1 “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.

Generally speaking, there are 2 kinds of tests in life: adversity and prosperity.  Of the two, the latter’s the more difficult.  When adversity strikes, things get simple: survival is the goal.  It is a test on maintaining the basics of food, clothing and shelter.  But when prosperity comes, watch out!  Things get complicated.  All kinds of subtle temptations arrive, pleading for satisfaction.  It is then that integrity is put to the test.”  – Chuck Swindoll

I think Swindoll makes an excellent point.  I’m not about to say that adversity is easier to endure than prosperity, but I don’t think that’s what Swindoll is saying.  I think he’s saying that adversity gives you a very clear perspective on the things that are really necessary, which are critically important.  It’s easy to understand the simple statements of Jesus: “You are either with me or against me.”  There are fewer distractions to pull our attention away from fundamental things when adversity is our lot.  Prosperity makes distractions multiply!

With prosperity, everything demands a bit of our attention.  Not only do you think about food (‘Should I have steak or lobster tonight?”), and shelter (“Do you think we need a bigger house?”), but you can worry about stocks, bonds, but retirement (a thought that probably never occurs to those who are truly needy), whether or not the knocking sound in your car is a sign of trouble, etc.  See what I mean?  The things in life that have true value and which deserve our attention have to compete with a myriad of other things.  Not only do “subtle temptations” come to us, but they cloud our sense of values.

Those people I know who have traveled abroad and met Christians in very poor countries have been impressed with the dedication and commitment of those who have virtually nothing.  I suppose there are several reasons for that, not the least of which is they have nothing else in which to put their trust and hope.  And those brothers and sisters feel blessed – and they pray for those of us in the United States with all that we have – because they feel we are the ones at a greater risk for not having focus on the things of Jesus.

Have your possessions and prosperity gotten the best of you?  Do they get too much of your attention to acquire them and then maintain them?  Divest!  Get rid of some of your “stuff” and center of Jesus!

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Lord, just yesterday we feasted on plenty and gave You thanks for Your blessings!  Guard our hearts from the diseases that affluence offers and keep us of single mind and heart!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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