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.

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DayBreaks for 6/04/15 – At the End of Time

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DayBreaks for 6/04/15: At the End of Time

From the DayBreaks archive, 6/2/2005:

Among the many things I’ve done in life, some have been good while others have been bad.  There are things I’d like to do again because they brought happiness, joy and meaning.  There are others, however, that I wish I could undo.  I, like you, have some regrets.  Most of them are about pretty minor things.  When I was in my senior year of high school, an old school mate’s dad offered to pay for the gasoline and oil for his son and I to take a summer-long road trip all around the US.  I didn’t do it.  I wish, in retrospect, that I had.  I never learned much about how cars work – my dad was the one who could fix anything.  But now he’s gone, and I’m relatively helpless when it comes to fixing something on a car.  I think back to when my kids were little.  How many times did I tell them that when I got home from work that I’d take them to the park down the street so they could play on the playground equipment – only to fail to do it because I was too tired?  Now that’s a huge regret for me.  I regret the foolish, sinful things I’ve done in my past, too. 

One of the things that I think will be the very best about heaven is that we won’t have any more regrets.  When we get to heaven, sin will have been relegated to, at best, a distant and fading memory-if we remember it at all!  Forgiveness will no longer be necessary, and it, too, will go the way of the carrier pigeon and the dodo bird.  No more regrets.  Never again to do something that I will look back on with fear, shame or anxiety.  Never again will I promise something and fail to deliver on my promise.

While I look forward to many things about heaven, I think it’ll be wonderful to never again have anything to regret.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for all we can look forward to at the end of life, and the end of time!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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