DayBreaks for 5/4/17 – Pig Parties

DayBreaks for 5/04/17: Pig Parties

From the DayBreaks archive, May 2007:

From “News of the Weird”, UPI, 5/1/98: When farmers leave for the day, pigs start to party, said agricultural researches in Reading, England, interviewed by the London Daily Telegraph in April.  According to Nick Bird of the Farmex firm, the pigs eat, drink and roughhouse until about midnight before retiring for the evening, at least in buildings that are well lighted.  Farmex now wants to know whether this has any effect on the supply of bacon.

Do you remember that old saying about “When the cat’s away, the mice will play”?  Apparently it is not only true of cats and mice, but of farmers and pigs, too! 

I am also aware of the fact that this happens in the world of business.  I know.  I’ve been there and been guilty of it myself.  When the boss is gone, sometimes we don’t give our best effort – or at least not as intense of an effort as when the boss is there.  For some of you reading this today – your boss is out of the office.  How are you doing with your work today?  Are you slacking off – even just a little bit?  If so, do you think that is what God wants you to do?  It comes down to the question of who you believe you really work for, doesn’t it?  Are you working for Mr. or Ms. Smith, or even your family? Or are you working for God and displaying your thankfulness to Him for the job He has given you?

There are biblical parallels to this story.  The parable of the talents was about using what we’ve been given and being faithful with it.  You’ve been given a job, just like the servants were given talents.  The ones that took what they’d been given and worked hard with it while the master was gone were praised and trusted with more.  The servant who didn’t do that had even what he was given taken away from him. 

Another parallel with a different meaning is the wickedness that the Lord said would precede his return.  Matthew 24:37-39 relays to us the words of our Lord: As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;     and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  You see, the Master has been gone for a long time now and the “party” has continued for a long time.  The terrible tragedy of the picture Jesus relates to us is that just as those who were lost in the flood waters had no idea it was coming, so those who “party” while the Master is away will be totally caught off guard by his return. 

How are you spending your time at work?  How are you spending your life?  To be right with God, we need to do both as if He were present all the time for one simple reason: He is.

PRAYER: Lord, many of us will be tempted this day to goof off when we think no one is watching us.  Help us to be the kind of people who don’t even think about trying to get away with less than a 100% effort in all we do that is right.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

 

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DayBreaks for 04/30/12 – The One Who Calls the Shots

DayBreaks for 04/29/12 – The One Who Calls the Shots

Matthew 26:1-5 (NLT) –  When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” 3 At that same time the leading priests and elders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest, 4 plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. 5 “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”

Sometimes the bible is full of such irony!  Obviously, Jesus was very soon to be crucified.  The chief priests and scribes were behind the plotting to kill Jesus.  It had been on their mind for some time and they were scheming in secret as to how they could eliminate him.  As badly as they wanted him dead, they concluded that this was not the time, not during Passover, because it could lead to riots, and if there was one thing that the Romans would not tolerate, it was riotous rebellion.

What is so ironic about this statement is that they believed they were in control of the times and events that were unfolding.  They were resolved to kill him, but not now.  I wonder when they did plan to kill him?  How long would they have waited after Passover?  We don’t know.

But what is interesting in this passage is the very clear testimony as to who was in charge.  While Jesus’ enemies thought they were in charge, in control, it was God who was calling the shots.  And, as God has foreordained, the Lamb was killed on the Passover.  It was decreed by God and foreshadowed by the original Passover…that the blood of the Lamb was to be spilled on that day.

We all make plans.  We all struggle if we feel as if we don’t have a plan and fear that we are losing control.  You may feel like life has it in for you, that you can’t get a break.  You  may feel that your boss or co-workers are taking advantage of you.  While it may seem almost impossible to believe, Scripture says that God has a plan for your life and He will see it through.  It isn’t your boss, neighbor, co-worker, your spouse, or even you who is in charge of your life.  God is.  And in spite of our efforts to control the times and events of our lives, God’s plan for you will not be derailed.

PRAYER: Lord, it is often hard for us to believe that Your plan for us is really the best or even that it is good!  Often, Your plan seems confusing and painful.  Let us trust in Your character, and Your promise, that Your plan for us to for good and to give us life and a future!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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