DayBreaks for 4/19/18 – Habakkuk’s Circumstances – Deja Vu

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DayBreaks for 4/19/18: Habakkuk’s Circumstances (Déjà vu)     

I will refer you to Habakkuk 1.2-4 as a background for this DayBreaks.

Here’s the scenario: Habakkuk, a prophet in Judea, looks around himself and sees that the “righteous” (in whose number he includes himself) are surrounded by the wicked. He sees so-called justice that is really injustice. He sees iniquity. He sees destruction and violence running rampant. Strife and contention are everywhere and the law seems paralyzed. As bad as that is, what really is bothering Habakkuk is that he has been crying out to the Lord for help – and not seeing any help coming to his rescue.

This is going to get a bit sensitive here because I’m going to delve into politics. Bear with me, please. Habakkuk mixed the two – righteousness and justice. As much as some would like to totally separate the two, we can’t. Why is it wrong to steal from someone, both morally and ethically? Because it results in injustice to the person who had things taken. Justice is both a moral and political issue methinks.

And here’s where it’s gonna get touchy: there are many in America today who are feeling a lot like Habakkuk. They are right – there is much to despair over because of what they see happening (or not happening). They can’t understand why God has let some things happen and why he hasn’t come down with an iron rod and set things straight. And as a result, they cry out – but not maybe so much to God as to their friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and via email.

I think that Habakkuk had a far better approach to venting his frustration. Isn’t it better to cry out to God when we are despairing? We may not like the answer (or non-answer) we get from God, but it is HIS answer, so it is bound to be better than that which we get from our friends. Our dilemma is whether or not we believe his answers and ways are good or not. He is the God who raises up rulers and tears them down – not for our satisfaction, but for his immutable reasons. 

Indeed, God may yet come down with a rod of iron to fix what is wrong in this world (we know he will eventually, but he can fix things in the meantime, too, if in his infinite wisdom he knows that it is the right thing to do). There IS much injustice. There IS much violence, strife and contention. Those things need to be fixed – and they will.

But rather than crying out to everyone else around us, maybe like Habakkuk we should be crying out to God. Oh, and one more thing: maybe we need to be on our knees a whole lot more on behalf of our president, congresspersons, governors, magistrates, etc. than we have been. I wonder how often those who have railed the most against the political and moral state of affairs in our country are taking the command from Paul that we are to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2.2 – and bear in mind the leader Paul told people to pray for at that time as an utterly unjust, evil tyrant named Nero.) What, I wonder, would happen if Christians in the country and around the world truly started to pray for their leaders like we should? Not pray that they be smitten, but pray for their well-being, for righteousness to find a place to rule in their hearts, to seek God’s answers, to find salvation and God’s ways rather than the guidance of human advisors. Remember that prayer is offering our desires to God, but always with the attitude of “nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.” Might God just hear from heaven and heal our land?

PRAYER: Convict us of the need to pray for all of our leaders far more than we feel the need to criticize them, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 01/15/15 – Time to Do Right

DayBreaks for 01/05/15 – Time to Do Right

It isn’t hard to “give up” on doing what is right.  It doesn’t seem to be rewarded.  We’ve tried over and over to correct things that are wrong both in ourselves and in the culture, only to find that it doesn’t seem to make any difference.  And so we, weary and worn, surrender the effort.

In the early ’60s, at the height of the civil rights movement, a group of white ministers issued a public statement urging Dr. Martin Luther King, in the name of the Christian faith, to be more patient in his quest for justice and to relax the relentless struggle for civil rights. King’s response came in the form of the famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In the letter, King indicated that he had received similar requests for delay, indeed, that he had just gotten a letter from a “white brother in Texas” who wrote, “… It is possible you are in too great a religious hurry … The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth.” Dr. King replied that such an attitude stemmed from a sad misunderstanding of time, the notion that time itself could bring healing and solve problems.

King knew that complete justice must await the coming of God.  We will not see complete justice in our lifetimes unless it is due to the return of the Lord.  In the meantime, if we can make even a tiny corner of the world better by doing right, it is worth it.  “…the time is always ripe to do right.”

PRAYER: Through your strength, may we contribute to the world becoming a better place as we do what is right! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/16/14 – Trying to Make Sense of God and Justice

DayBreaks for 10/16/14 – Trying to Make Sense of God and Justice     

Job 34:12 (NIV) – It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.

Justice, appropriately, is a timely and important topic.  We all want to be dealt with fairly, in a just manner by our fellow human beings.  And because of our tendency to project human traits onto God, we want and expect Him to deal justly with us.  Or do we?

When it comes to explaining the justice of God, there are several principles which we might help us as we ponder this aspect of God:

FIRST: as part of humanity, we are all responsible contributors to this being a broken and fallen world.  The world is, honestly, a war zone because of our brokenness…and we are all equal candidates for suffering and harm as a result.

SECOND: God has gone to great lengths to not mislead anyone (including His people) into thinking that for Him to be just, mankind should be exempt from intense heartbreak and suffering.

THIRD: God promises that for His people only, every single disease, experience or calamity that they experience in this world is designed to lead either to the refining of one’s character or to heavenly glory itself.

FOURTH: We should never, never, EVER ask God for Divine justice because all that sinful man would get would be judgment.

FIFTH: Though God’s people can’t escape suffering, injustice and death, they can experience unusual peace and assurance of God’s love in the midst of pain and suffering.

We can always count on the fact that God understands and knows what we are going through, and that injustice hurts.  It hurt Jesus, but it was part of the plan that enabled God to have mercy towards us rather than exacting justice for our sin.

PRAYER: Thank You for being a God who knows when justice is called for and when mercy is appropriate! Help us not to question Your goodness when we don’t receive what we think is justice.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/22/13 – The Answer to Injustice

DayBreaks for 10/22/13 – The Answer to Injustice

Isaiah 58:6-8 (MSG) This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. 7  What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. 8  Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The GOD of glory will secure your passage.

The Word is clear: God knows everything about us.  Recently I was talking with a friend and I was sharing that a God that is big enough to have created everything out of nothing is also big enough to know how many hairs are on our heads and the words inside of our heads, too.  It’s therefore true that if you are being bullied in school, God knows about it and God hates it. If you are being harassed in the workplace, for any reason, God hates it. If you are being taken advantage of–or if you are taking unfair advantage of someone else–there will be a day of reckoning. If there is anyone anywhere praying for God to intervene and put an end to their oppression, eventually that prayer will be heard and that which is wrong will be set right. That’s the promise of Scripture.

So, are we to just sit around and wait for that day to arrive? I think not.  Let me tell you a story.

A young black man asked his minister why their people had to suffer so much poverty, hardship, and oppression. “Why doesn’t God do something?” he wailed.

“He has,” said that wise pastor. “He has created you.”

And so Desmond Tutu, now the archbishop of South Africa, became the answer to his own question.

That’s a good lesson for you and me. While we are waiting for God to bring in a perfect and just society, you and I are God’s answer to the injustice in our world right now. That’s what it means to take up a cross and follow Jesus. It’s not a comfortable position to be in. It’s not popular. But it is Christ’s way.

PRAYER: We would rather that you took immediate action to solve all injustice instead of waiting, but until you act, help us to act in your name and with your authority to bring such things to an end as much as possible.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/25/13 – An Uncomfortable Truth – No, Not THAT One!

DayBreaks for 06/25/13 – An Uncomfortable Truth – No, Not THAT One!

poor childrenIsaiah 1:11-17 (NLT) – “What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?” says the LORD. “I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.   When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?  Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting— they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings.  I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!  When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.  Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways.  Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

In his book, The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns quotes a modern day prophet, perhaps a human being who in our day and age has done more to care for the oppressed, the widows and orphans than anyone else, but the truth is hard to hear:

“Fifteen thousand Africans are dying each day of preventable, treatable diseases – AIDS, malaria, TB – for lack of drugs that we take for granted.

“This statistic alone makes a fool of the idea many of us hold on to very tightly: the idea of equality.  What is happening to Africa mocks our pieties, doubts our concern and questions our commitment to the whole concept.  Because if we’re honest, there’s no way we could conclude that such mass death day after day would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else.  Certainly not North America or Europe, or Japan.  An entire continent bursting into flames?  Deep down, if we really accept that their lives – African lives – are equal to our, we would all be doing more to put the fire out.  It’s an uncomfortable truth.

“We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies – but will we be that generation?  Will we in the West realize our potential or will we sleep in the comfort of our affluence with apathy and indifference murmuring softly in our ears?  Fifteen thousand people dying needlessly every day from AIDS, TB, and malaria.  Mothers, fathers, teacher, farmers, nurses, mechanics, children.  This is Africa’s crisis.  That it’s not on the night news, that we do not treat this as an emergency – that’s our crisis.

“Future generation flipping through these pages will know whether we answered the key question.  The evidence will be the world around them.  History will be our judge, but what’s written is up to us.  We can’t say our generation didn’t know how to do it.  We can’t say our generation couldn’t afford it.  And we can’t say our generation didn’t have reason to do it.  It’s up to us.”

You know what haunts me?  The idea that someday I may stand before God and hear Him ask me, “What did you do for those in Africa?” 

Oh, the name of the modern day prophet?  Bono – lead singer for the band, U2. 

PRAYER:  Lord, help us to CARE, to LOVE, to GIVE in ways that help and don’t hurt those we are trying to help!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/30/13 – What Questions Are You Asking?

DayBreaks for 01/30/13 – What Questions Are You Asking?

question1I’m full of questions.  I know that there’s an old saying about there not being such a thing as a bad question.  I don’t believe that’s really true.  I think that there are good questions – ones that lead us to grow – and bad ones that lead us to rationalize and try to escape our duties.

Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged us to ask the right questions when he said: “Cowardice asks the question: is it safe?  Expediency asks the question: is it politic?  Vanity asks the question: is it popular?  But conscience asks the question: is it right?  And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular – but one must take it because it’s right.

What kind of questions do you ask when faced with a moral/social issue?  Do you seek safety or what is right?  Do you desire to “do the right thing” and give in to expediency?  Do you ask yourself what it will make others think about you if you take a stand?  Or do you simply ask, “What is right?”  I have a hunch that’s what Jesus asked and then he set about doing it.  It’s what he would have us do, too.

PRAYER: Keep us from evading the truth by asking the wrong questions, Lord.  Give us not only the desire, but ability to do what is right!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/12/12 – All That’s Coming to Us

DayBreaks for 04/12/12 – All That’s Coming to Us

 

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 04/16/02:

“All I want is my fair share.”

How many times during your life have you heard someone say that?  Or, more significantly, how many times in your life have you said it?  We all what “our fair share”, don’t we?  It starts out when we are little children and we notice for the first time that mom or dad gave brother or sister a larger piece of cake, a bigger candy bar, or a fuller bowl of ice cream than we got.  And immediately, our instincts kick into full gear and we feel slighted, cheated, that the world has suddenly become a very unfair place!

Hello!  Welcome to reality!  The world IS a very unfair place…to Christians and to un-Christians alike.  In a strange way, curiosity starts this entire process.  We begin to wonder if someone is getting more of life’s good things than we are.  And it is pride that drives this curiosity.  It is nothing new to the twenty-first century, and this kind of thinking even existed in the days of the New Testament (in fact, we can even see it in operation with Adam and Eve wondering if they were getting all that they could or should be getting in the garden).

Calvin Miller, in The Unchained Soul, suggests: “This curiosity has us all wondering if we shall get ‘all that’s coming to us’.  We do this in front of the Savior.  Peter, after learning that he will be martyred, asks Christ as he points to John, ‘But Lord, what about this man?’  (John 21:21)  Spiritual one-upmanship reigned in his life!  Competition was his insatiable curiosity.  Peter wanted to be sure he got God’s best deal…Cain’s competition with Abel began in curiosity but ended in incrimination and murder.  It was Cain’s curiosity that kept asking, ‘How come Abel gets all the good deals in life?’  Curiosity not only killed the cat, it was the beginning of humanity’s competitive spirit.  It teaches us first to compete and later to hate…Our duty is to serve God and not be overtaken by undue concerns about others.”

What is amazing to me about all this is that we believe we are in a position to judge whether or not God is giving us the best deal!  We presume, by our judgment that others are getting more than we are, that we understand things better than God.  And we get upset, and like little children, stomp our feet on the floor and start to whine to God about “All I want is what’s coming to me!”

Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want what is coming to me.  I want what God is willing to give to me.  If He gave me what was coming to me, I’d spend eternity in hell, because as a sinner, that’s what should be coming to me!  But, praise God, because of His amazing mercy, God gives me much more than my fair share – He is building a mansion for me in heaven, he is going to take away all my tears, all my suffering, all my sadness.

I hope I never again feel as if I’m not getting my fair share.  What this world has to offer shouldn’t even be of interest to me.  My values and my treasure are to be in a far better place!

PRAYER: Thank You Almighty God, for Your unbelievably wonderful grace!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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