DayBreaks for 7/4/18 – Is This It?

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DayBreaks for 7/04/18: Is This It?

I find it interesting that some of the DayBreaks I wrote in years past are just as relevant, though perhaps in a slightly different context, than when they were first written.

From the DayBreaks Archive, June 2008:

Just this past week, the stock market fell 380-some points in one day.  It wasn’t the only day the market fell.  In fact, June was perhaps the worst month for the stock market since the great depression, according to one news source.  On the same day, oil prices surpassed $140 per barrel, and some were saying that it’ll blow past $150 very soon, in spite of the Saudi’s agreeing to pump some more oil.  The situation with Iran doesn’t look promising.  Due to the cost of energy, the cost of food is rising rapidly, General Motors is struggling to survive and other large companies that have seemed to be rock solid pieces of the American financial foundation are sinking.  People are being let go.  Inflation seems to be a real threat, even as the housing market continues to sink. 

Last Thursday night, my wife and I attended a financial seminar on retirement planning and received some good guidance on investments, etc.  One of the key thoughts that kept running through my mind was this: I’m so grateful that I’m not dependent on financial investments either for this life or the next.  Not even a million shares of Google could get me into heaven.  Nor can it feed my belly or assuage hunger. 

Does it scare me at all to see what is happening in America and the world?  Yeah, I guess it does a bit.  More because I worry about my kids and grandkids and what their world might be like.  God, however, isn’t affected by the falling stock market, rumors of wars, greenhouse gases, the price of oil or an uncertain future.  There is no such thing as an uncertain future to Him.

Amid all the panic, as Christians we can be lights in the darkness, projecting the truth of what we know in our hearts, simply this: this is God’s world and all will end exactly as He wills it – without exception. 

We, of all people, should not run around panicked about what may or may not be.  We, of all people, should be filled with peace, even as we see the world around us start to disintegrate at a faster rate because we know Who holds the future – and us – in His hands.

Is this the birth pangs of the end?  I honestly don’t know. Either way, let us lift our voices with John the beloved disciple and say, Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

PRAYER: Lord, you hold the times and the seasons in Your hand.  You alone have the wisdom to bring sense out of this chaos, to bring perfection out of such brokenness.  Let us be harbingers of the coming of the King, preparing the way for the coming of the Lord!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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DayBreaks for 09/20/13 – Earth’s Expiration Date

DayBreaks for 09/20/13 – Earth’s Expiration Date

Mark 13:32-33 (NLT) – “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 33  And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!

The following is from FOX news’ online post: “Earth could continue to host life for at least another 1.75 billion years, as long as nuclear holocaust, an errant asteroid or some other disaster doesn’t intervene, a new study calculates.

“But even without such dramatic doomsday scenarios, astronomical forces will eventually render the planet uninhabitable. Somewhere between 1.75 billion and 3.25 billion years from now, Earth will travel out of the solar system’s habitable zone and into the “hot zone,” new research indicates.” – http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/09/19/how-much-longer-can-earth-support-life/#ixzz2fNoetTqp

I couldn’t help but chuckle at the hubris of this article.  “Earth Expiration Date – Nukes and Asteroids Aside, Planet’s Life Span Set”.  Well, you know, they are right.  The expiration date of planet earth as we know it has been set, but not by things described in the article.  They have been set long ago by Almighty God!  No one else knows that time or day, just the Father.  But make no mistake: He does know when it will be.  Nothing will interfere with it, hinder it, speed it up, or make it not happen.

There are many who spend vast amounts of time trying to pick the date of the end of the world.  Cartoons have made caricatures of bearded bums wearing sandwich signs that say, “Repent!  The end is near!”  Now don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad warning….but that’s all it is – a warning.  It is a warning that we should take seriously because someday, one of those guys in the sandwich sign will be right (and my guess is that he’ll be as surprised as the rest of us!) 

God didn’t want us to know when it will happen – just that it will happen and that if we are wise, we will live like it will take place in the next nanosecond because it could happen then.  It may not, but it could. 

How ready are you for it?  Are you ready?  Are you confident of your eternal destiny?  If not, email me…go visit a pastor or church in your neighborhood and talk with them.  Earth does have an expiration date and so do you.  There’s no time to waste.

PRAYER: God, I pray for all who are not ready for that great day.  I pray that You will touch their hearts, open their eyes and allow them to come to faith before the expiration date arrives!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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