DayBreaks for 11/02/17 – Facing the Inevitable

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DayBreaks for 11/02/17: Facing the Inevitable

From the DayBreaks archive, 11/27/98:

Heb. 9:27: Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…

Death and taxes. Inevitable things. I’ve always been fascinated about how people deal with death, especially the differences between the believer and the unbeliever. Today I’d just like to share a few things I’ve found and let you draw your own conclusions.

Before his death in 1981, American writer William Saroyan (an unbeliever) telephoned in to the Associated Press this final, very Saroyan-like observation: “Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?”

Hudson Taylor, founder of China Inland Mission, in the closing months of his life said to a friend, “I am so weak. I can’t read my Bible. I can’t even pray. I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child and trust.”

John Bacon, a famous sculptor, left this inscription on his tomb in Westminster Abbey: “What I was as an artist seemed of some importance to me while I lived; but what I was as a believer in Jesus Christ is the only thing of importance to me now.”

John Climacus, a seventh century believer urged Christians to use the reality of death to their benefit: “You cannot pass a day devoutly unless you think of it as your last,” he wrote. He called the thought of death the “most essential of all works” and a gift from God. “The man who lives daily with the thought of death is to be admired, and the man who gives himself to it by the hour is surely a saint.”

Donald Grey Barnhouse, the great Christian preacher, wrote: “I was driving with my children to my wife’s funeral where I was to preach the sermon. As we came into one small town there strode down in front of us a truck that came to a stop before a red light. It was the biggest truck I ever saw in my life, and the sun was shining on it at just the right angle that took its shadow and spread it across the snow on the field beside it. As the shadow covered that field, I said, “Look, children, at that truck, and look at its shadow. If you had to be run over, which would you rather be run over by? Would you rather be run over by the truck or by the shadow?” My youngest child said, “The shadow couldn’t hurt anybody.” “That’s right,” I continued, “and death is a truck, but the shadow is all that ever touches the Christian. The truck ran over the Lord Jesus. Only the shadow is gone over mother.”

Ecclesiastes 7:2: “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.”

PRAYER: Grant us the grace, Lord Jesus, to face life’s ultimate truths and realities.  Give us wisdom to consider the outcome of the moment we stand before You, the Lamb of God, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/09/12 – The Myth of Invincibility

DayBreaks for 05/09/12 – The Myth of Invincibility

From the DayBreaks Archive: 05/09/02

Daniel 3:9 – “They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever!

I have always found king Nebuchadnezzar to be an interesting character.  It seems that the ancient kings, Nebuchadnezzar included, surrounded themselves with those who would encourage them to “Live forever!” as if wishing would make it so.  The pharaohs of ancient Egypt were believed to be divine, and their loyal servants believed that they would live forever in the afterlife.  That is partly the reason that they placed ornate furniture, incredible drawings and even food into the burial chambers with the king.

I remember when I was younger I couldn’t conceive of what it meant to grow old.  I couldn’t imagine the day ever coming when I would be old enough to get my driver’s license, let alone be out of school, go to college, get married, have children.  Now (where have all the years gone?) I’ve been out of school far longer than I was in school, not only have I gotten married, but so have my three children, and I’m racking up the years faster than a NASCAR car can rack up the laps.

I once thought that perhaps I’d give Methuselah a run for the longevity record.  Honest!  But now I know that I shall not challenge his venerable record – I’ll not even come close.

As Christians we talk a lot about eternal life – and that is as it should be.  We were created for a life without end.  Our Father lives that way.  And it is what we desire, what we long for.  Yet sometimes we can lose our heads in the clouds of eternity and we forget that we have a mortal life that we must live first – and that the mortal life means exactly that – it will end.  We will die.

Within the past week we’ve learned about friends being diagnosed with cancer.  We don’t know if they will beat this thing, or if it will beat them.  We didn’t even know they were sick.  Every day people go to work or the store or school, never expecting to not get home to their families again.  He never thought they’d not celebrate another birthday or anniversary.  Like the mist, they are gone.

Our enemy wants to delude us into thinking we are invincible.  The myth of invincibility suggests that if we are going to die, that it will be at some far distant date in a far distant future.  And that may be right.  But we never know.  We can’t let our enemy fool us into complacency in this life.  There is only so much time to do what God wants us to do.  We are not invincible…and we never will be.  There is only One who is invincible.

Isaiah 46:9-10 – “9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.  10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.  I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.

PRAYER: Father, we beg your wisdom to realize the truths about this earthly life so that we may live wisely while here and be prepared for our graduation to glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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