DayBreaks for 11/23/16 – The Necessary Arrangements

DayBreaks for 11/23/16: The Necessary Arrangements

There is an Italian legend about a master and servant.

It seems the servant was not very smart and the master used to get very exasperated with him. Finally, one day, in a fit of temper, the master said: “You really are the stupidest man I know. Here, I want you to carry this staff wherever you go. And if you ever meet a person stupider than yourself, give them this staff.”

So time went by, and often in the marketplace the servant would encounter some pretty stupid people, but he never found someone appropriate for the staff. Years later, he returned to his master’s home. He was shown into his master’s bedroom, for the man was quite sick and in bed. In the course of their conversation the master said: “I’m going on a journey soon.”

“When will you return?”, asked the servant.

“This is a journey from which I will not return.” the master replied.

The servant asked: “Have you made all the necessary arrangements?”

“No, I guess I have not.”

“Well, could you have made all the arrangements?”

“Oh yes, I guess I’ve had time. I’ve had all my life. But I’ve been busy with other things…”

With that, the servant took the staff the master had given him years earlier and placed it beside the bed of the master. “Sir, he said, I have finally found someone more deserving of this staff than I.”

The moral of the story is quite obvious, isn’t it? But what isn’t so obvious to us is the extent to which we are like the master in this story. Perhaps for years you have made fun of those who clung to faith, thinking that they were stupid, foolish, superstitious and ignorant. The other thing which isn’t so obvious to us is how entrapped we have become in the pursuit of other things, those things which kept our hearts and minds from the ultimate question that we will face on our death bed. How tragic it would be to find ourselves in that position and not have made “the arrangements” necessary for the trip into eternity.

How are your preparations coming?

PRAYER: Lord, our enemy tries to keep us blinded and oblivious to the ultimate realities in life. He tries to keep us too busy to think about such things. Wake us up, Jesus, so that we and our loved ones can make the necessary arrangements so that when we are on our deathbed, we will have the confidence that comes from a relationship with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

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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.

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

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DayBreaks for 04/11/13 – When I Was Young (and Foolisher)

DayBreaks for 04/11/13 – When I Was Young (and Foolisher)

01NOTE: 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.

When I was young, I was so certain of all that I knew.  I was so certain that what I knew was right, that all my opinions and my logic was impeccable.  I was full of fire and vinegar!  I was confident of my self-control, and believed that I could do anything I willed myself to do.  In my youthful exuberance I preached sermons against the sinfulness of smoking and all the other vices.  I look back at those times now and cringe at my judgmental heart and attitude.  I had zeal – but where was the wisdom and gentle character of the One I claimed to serve?

Now that I’m older, however, I’ve learned a few things.  I have learned that I cannot trust myself and the things which I was once so certain of have been systematically destroyed, my ivory and steel towers have been torn down.  In fact, now that I’m older, there are very few things of which I am certain.

In my older years, the one thing (perhaps the only thing) of which I can say I’m certain is this: Jesus loves me.  Of that one, I’m sure.

As the moment inexorably draws closer when my spirit will be freed from this “body of death” and it will launch out into eternity, I realize that when I leave this world I will leave it with nothing in my hand.  All the certainties of earth will be stripped away, and only the certainty of eternity will loom before me.  And at that instant when I leave this life behind, my hope will be in nothing except His love and mercy.

Ps 31:14-16 – “14 But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”  15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.  16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

Ps 143:8 – “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

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DayBreaks for 07/26/11 – Foolish Protest

DayBreaks for 07/26/11 – Foolish Protest

You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! – Acts 7:51

Over this year’s 4th-of-July weekend, a group of motorcyclist fanatics rallied in Onondaga, New York, to ride in a protest against a New York state law that requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet (we have a similar law in California – and many motorcyclists here don’t like it either.) One of the men who rode in protest that weekend was an unnamed 55-year-old man from Parish, New York. During the ride, police say, his 1983 Harley Davidson spun out of control, and he flew headfirst over the handlebars. His head struck the pavement, and his skull was fractured. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The police and the doctor treating the man said afterward that if he had been wearing a helmet, he probably would have survived the accident. The group organizing the protest ride said that while they encourage the voluntary use of motorcycle helmets, they oppose mandatory helmet laws.

There are valid reasons for wanting people to wear helmets when riding motorcycles and reasons why people don’t want them, but no matter where one stands on that issue, the irony of this man’s accidental death – that he died protesting against a law that would have most likely saved his life if he’d obeyed it instead of fighting against it, is huge.

So it shall be on the day of Judgment.  The only people who will be lost on that day are those who refused to accept the one thing that could have saved them: Christ.  And unlike a motorcycle helmet, what Christ offers is free.

We don’t have a very highly developed sense of what is really good for us, or everyone would be believers.  However, the story does make me wonder what foolish protests against God that I may be making.  How about you?

PRAYER: Father, clear our foolish minds from foolish pursuits and protests.  Focus our vision on that which is true, righteous and just.  Give us ears to hear your Words of wisdom and caution, and to obey in all things.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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