DayBreaks for 9/01/14 – A Most Troubling Question

DayBreaks for 9/01/14 – A Most Troubling Question

There are questions in life that are truly vexing.  Today I just want to pose one question for you.  As a Christian, you may feel it is a very easy question to answer.  But, after I ask the first one, I’m going to ask a few follow-up questions designed to provoke you to deeper reflection that may cause you to reconsider your first response.  One more thing before you go any further: STOP RIGHT NOW in your reading and pray that the Spirit will reveal to you the truth about your answer to the question I’m about to pose to you.

Are you ready?

Are you sure?  Did you pray about it?

OK, here goes:

Here’s the first question: Am I willing to obey God’s will were it to be perfectly clear to me?

Follow up questions:

  1. Am I willing to take my entire family and move to a radical Muslim country to serve God as a missionary?
  2. Am I willing to stay in a marriage that is miserable just because God says He hates divorce?
  3. Am I willing to give my retirement fund in order to feed the hungry?
  4. Am I willing to work at a job I hate for the rest of my life if it means I can best serve God in that role?
  5. Am I willing to remain single the rest of my life if that is God’s plan for me?
  6. Am I willing to stop having an immoral relationship with the person I’m sleeping with because God says it is wrong?
  7. Am I willing to be arrested and put into jail for the rest of my life for sharing the gospel?
  8. Am I willing to be mocked, reviled and ridiculed for the sake of the gospel?
  9. Am I willing to be poor and homeless in order to better identify with such people?
  10. Am I willing to give up a career I deeply love to do something I hate if God were to ask me to do so?

I can hear you thinking, “God has never asked those things of me.”  Fair enough.  But that’s not the point.  The point, going back to the first question, is this: IF GOD WERE TO ASK YOU IN A PERFECTLY CLEAR WAY LEAVING NO DOUBT IN YOUR MIND to do any or all the above, would you do it?  This is a matter of the heart, so don’t let the thought of “God hasn’t, and won’t, ever ask me to do those things!” get in the way of some diligent soul-searching.  It’s not about what God may or may not do, what He will or will not do, it is a question about what would I do if I know without a shadow of a doubt that God asks me to do any of the above.  

Perhaps we’ll bump into one another as we wrestle with what the Spirit reveals to us about the condition of our hearts and our obedience.

PRAYER: Your Spirit, Lord, has shown me the condition of my own heart, and I am ashamed. Give me more love for You and a desire to obey in anything You may ask of me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 4/08/14 – His Hand On the Rose

DayBreaks for 4/08/14 – His Hand on the Rose

“A new young pastor was walking with an older, more seasoned pastor in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was asking the older pastor for some advice.

“The older pastor walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals.

“The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older pastor and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and ministry.

“But because of his great respect for the older pastor, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact.

“It wasn’t long before he realized how impossible this was to do.

“Noticing the younger preacher’s inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it, the older pastor began to recite the following poem…

“It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.”

“The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so easily,
But in my hands they die.”

“If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?”

“So I’ll trust in God for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step of the way.”

“The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord knows.
I’ll trust God to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.” – Author Unknown

We struggle to let God’s plan for our life unfold and in our efforts to unfold it ourselves, we can cause pain and loss.  God knows we are not wise enough to direct the pathway to the future and He only asks that we trust Him to show us the pathway at the right time…and then have the wisdom to choose the right path.

Psalm 59:9 (KJV)  Because of His strength will I wait upon Thee: for God is my defense.

PRAYER: I thank you for your gentle hand in opening the rose and in directing the future for my life!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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Thank you!