DayBreaks for 4/28/16 – What I Struggle to Believe

DayBreaks for 4/28/16 – What I Struggle to Believe

I suppose all of us have our struggles with faith. It seems to be a fairly normal part of the human condition. There are those who don’t believe in a Creator but who choose to believe that somehow, something came out of nothing and exploded with tremendous force without an apparent cause. This would seem to contradict the laws of cause and effect and it certainly doesn’t explain how something (matter) came to exist in the first place. But that’s not what this is about.

You see, I, and most Christians I know, don’t really struggle to believe in a Creator – the God of the Bible. We may hold different opinions on how God did that which He did do – was it via a big bang that He created the universe (after creating the matter) or did He do it some other way? True believers have differences of opinion on that, but true believers also believe in a Creator.

I have no problem believing in the Creator. None whatsoever. That which exists just won’t let me deny His work in creation. So what is it that I have a hard time believing?  Read on.

I struggle to believe that in this vast created universe, that God even knows that I exist, and even more so, that not only does He know I exist, He loves me and cares about me.

What is it that makes me feel or doubt those things?

For the first subject, I suspect that running the universe in all its immensity and complexity, is a big, BIG job. God Himself said as much in Job. He doesn’t say that it is a job that is too big for Him – not at all!  But can you imagine how big of a job it must be? I know when I’m very busy, I don’t think that often about other people – even those most important to me. I get caught up in my work and thinking about it. So, I am really imposing my own human limitations on an unlimited being when I think He’s too busy to notice me.

As to the second point, even if He does know I exist somewhere in the vastness of the universe, why should He care about me and love me? Ah, now there’s the rub, isn’t it? What have I done to commend myself to Him and His good will? Nothing, really. Sure, I know that Scripture says I am made in His image, but what a flawed image of Him I reflect! But, Scripture says it – and even more than that – Christ’s crucifixion is proof of it!

You see, what we struggle to believe most of all is the truth that we can see on Calvary through the eyes of faith. What a truth it is! It is our challenge to believe it, accept it and be forever grateful for it!

Isaiah 43:1 (NLTse) – But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you, I have called you by name; you are mine.”

PRAYER: Father, You know our struggle with faith and how because of our sinfulness we struggle to believe You love us. I am thankful that our little faith doesn’t threaten You or cause You to love us less. Let us accept the wonderful truth that You are aware that we are here in the vastness of space and that You love us enough that You died for us to prove it to us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

DayBreaks for 05/15/13 – When Men Stop Believing

DayBreaks for 05/15/13 – When Men Stop Believing

aliens1NOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

Romans 1:21-25: “21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen.

G. K. Chesterton was said to have made this comment (not an exact quote) when discussing faith: “It has been said that when people stop believing in God that they believe in nothing.  Alas, it is much worse than that.  When men and women stop believing in God, they will believe anything.

We live in a world that will believe anything.  Some believe that aliens built the pyramids.  Others believe that we are gods unto ourselves.  Others believe in Mother Earth but don’t believe in Father God.  Some have believed that spaceships were following comets and that beings from “out there” were coming to take them with them.  And they believed that so strongly that they killed themselves so they would be ready to go.

Why is it that men and women don’t want to believe in God?  When God is out of the picture, what is there for them to hope for?  They need something, so they manufacturer gods out of “created things” and hope that those gods will be able to give them what they long for – meaning, love, life, hope for the future and deliverance from what we experience in this life.

Sadly, it may not be an all or nothing situation.  Our knowledge of God limits what we believe about Him.  It is for that reason, if for no other, that we can never stop trying to learn more about Him.  Our lack of knowledge of His nature can lead to false assumptions about what God wants from us.

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DayBreaks for 03/01/13 – Unless I Believed

DayBreaks for 03/01/13 – Unless I Believed                      

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Ps.27:13-14 – I would have despaired unless I believed I would see the goodness of The Lord in the land of the living. Wait for The Lord, Be strong and let your heart take courage Yes, wait for The Lord.

It has been a very hectic week…and it’s not over yet.  Maybe your week has been that way, too.  I’ve had two appointments with doctors this week, but that’s not what’s made it so hectic. 

My 85-year old mother has had dementia for some time.  About 10 days ago, she went into the hospital for relatively routine surgery to repair a hernia.  The surgery went fine – but something seems to have snapped in her mind.  She’s been incredibly delusional, paranoid, out of touch with reality – and even combative.  She, of course, doesn’t realize she’s doing those things or being that way.  We are told that with each passing day that the chances of her snapping back to the pre-surgery mental capacity dwindles.  This may be the new normal.  As I carry my mother’s power of attorney for medical care, my last few days have been swamped with phone calls from the hospital (that wants desperately and urgently to discharge her) and trying to arrange a suitable discharge plan in a place that can meet her physical and mental needs.  It’s become something akin to a marathon…but we’re being pushed at a sprinter’s pace by the hospital.  Just moments ago the latest plan fell apart.

Someone asked me today if I thought we’d ever get out of having so many crises.  My honest answer: probably, at least I hope so.  I could certainly echo the words of the Psalmist. 

It isn’t just when there are crises, though.  It’s ordinary life.  How many times would I/could I have despaired if I didn’t believe – if I didn’t truly think that before this life is over that we’ll once again see and experience the goodness of the Lord.  I know we’ll see and experience it in the “land of the dead” – that is the great Christian hope!  But it’s harder at times to believe we’ll see and experience it again in the land of the living.  All the travails of the past year, my two surgeries, a new ministry, raising support for that ministry – and now my mother’s failing health situation.  It sometimes just seems to pile up on us, doesn’t it?

And yet…we must confess that we will see His goodness even today – no matter what happens to us, we’ll see it if we slow down enough to think about it and look for it.  We’ll see it in the crispness of a new day He made, of the song of the birds (which I so much enjoyed today!), the sighing of the breeze, the wag of a dog’s tail, the gentle touch of my wife’s hand on mine, the voice of a friend.  Life – and joy – can get away from us unless we take the time to look for “the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”.  It’s all around us.  Let’s not forget that!

PRAYER: Jesus, I wonder how you made it through your 30+ years here on earth after living all of eternity past in heaven’s delight.  It must have been very trying.  I am comforted by knowing you understand and that even this day we can see your goodness and that we will also see it in the world to come!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 07/06/11 – Believing the Impossible

DayBreaks for 07/06/11 – Believing the Impossible

NOTE: Galen is on Sabbatical until 7/11.  Until he returns, DayBreaks will be publishing prior devotions (that is, if Galen has access to the Internet!)  Thanks for your understanding!

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You can’t go to the grocery store without seeing them.  The National Enquirer, the National Scandal, the Globe…and there are probably at least a few that I don’t even know by name.  There are right there in front of you as you stand at the checkout.  I don’t buy them – let’s be clear about that – but sometimes I can’t help but laugh at some of the headlines.  They boast stories like these: “Monkey-Boy Found in the Amazon”, “Doorway to Hell Found!”, “Titanic Survivor Skeleton Found 75 Years Later” (accompanied by a photo of a skeleton floating in the water inside of a Titanic life ring.  The list of headlines goes on and on and on.  You get the idea.  Rather incredible stuff.  And now it’s confession time: I don’t believe a bit of it!

I’m a skeptic by nature, I guess.  Call me cautious, call me crazy – just don’t expect me to buy one of these trade rags.  Their claims are so far out that they are hilarious.  But people buy them left and right to read them.  Why?  I’m not sure.  I don’t know if it is because they believe this stuff, or because they want to believe in the incredible, or just because they are looking for a laugh.  (If you buy these magazines, I hope you aren’t offended by my comments – that is not my purpose!)

Perhaps I’m too judgmental.  Maybe I’m too harsh in my opinion about these magazines.  After all, stop and think about some of the things that I believe in: people used to live to be as old as 965 years (Methuselah), a slave boy came to be the vice president of Egypt, a man built a boat of gopher wood and saved humanity from a flood, three Hebrew children walked through a fiery metal furnace and didn’t even come out smelling of smoke, Daniel played fetch with the lions for an entire night and wasn’t on the menu, Jesus was born of a virgin, Jesus walked on water, Jesus raised the dead (including himself), he fed 5000 with the equivalent of a child’s meal from Peter’s Fish and Chips.  Oh, and the list doesn’t stop there: he turned water into wine, he told the wind to go away and it did, he arose bodily into heaven, and he’s coming back again sometime.

Now let me ask you: which is easier to believe?  That Jesus walked on water or a skeleton was found floating in a Titanic life ring?  Can you more easily believe that a human boy was found in the jungle my monkeys and raised to be one of them, or that the son of God was born via a virgin?

1 Corinthians 3:18 says “Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise.”  In one of his songs, titled “God’s Fool”, Michael Card wrote about this concept when he penned these words: “And so we follow God’s own fool, for only the foolish can tell.  Believe the unbelievable, come be a fool as well.

Yes, many thought Jesus was a fool – or at best, a madman.  He didn’t have a home, a place to lay his head, no possessions except his clothing.  He shunned popularity.  He chose ordinary working men and women and challenged them to change the world (and they didn’t even know what the “world” meant).

I may be foolish.  In fact, I hope I am – if you are talking about being a fool for God.  Christianity is all about faith in God and a Savior we’ve never seen, met or touched.  This is a religion for fools – at least from the world’s point of view we are all fools.  I have never been happier to be a fool.

Copyright 2001 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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