DayBreaks for 3/22/19 – Even the Darkness Dazzles

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DayBreaks for 3/22/19: Even the Darkness Dazzles

In order to be God made man and to lead our exodus from this world to the next, Jesus had to die like we do: alone, with no particular glory. Otherwise he would have been an anomaly instead of a messiah, and it would have been hard for us to see what he had in common with the rest of us.

As it was, he died very much like those who died on either side of him, one of them begging to be saved from what was coming, the other asking to be remembered when Jesus got where he was going. Jesus could not do anything for the one who wanted to be spared, but he did a great favor for the other. He told him that the darkness was a dazzling one, with paradise in it for both of them.

Perhaps it was the transfiguration that helped remind Jesus of this dazzling world beyond: when light burst through all his seams and showed those gathered what he was made of. It was as if he experienced a flash-back of his pre-incarnation glory. If we had been allowed to intrude on that moment, it would have been because someone thought we might need a dose of glory too, to get us through the night. Some people are lucky enough to witness it for themselves, although like Peter, James and John, very few of them will talk about it later.

What the rest of us have are stories like the transfiguration and the crucifixion, and the chance to decide for ourselves whether we will believe what they tell us. It is a lot to believe: that God’s lit-up life includes death, that there is no way around it but only through, that even the that death darkness can dazzle.

1 John 1:5 (CSBBible) – This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him.

PRAYER: Thank you that there is no darkness in, or for, you and therefore the death darkness for your children dazzles with your glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

 

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DayBreaks for 2/10/15 – A Breeding Ground of Fear

DayBreaks for 02/10/15 – A Breeding Ground of Fear

From the DayBreaks archive, February 2005:

Darkness.  Not only does the night fall with darkness, but it seems as if fear falls along with the dark.  We’re more afraid in the dark than we are in the light (which, all by itself, should be sufficient to run to the Light of the world!) and with good reason.  Perhaps, if we had eyes like an owl or a dog, we’d not fear the darkness as much, either.  But I think we’d still be more frightened than in the daylight because it is in the time of no shadows that great evil happens.  But perhaps we are more frightened in the dark because that is when we tend to feel most alone.  Don’t you feel more alone in a strange city when it’s night than in the broad daylight?  When it is dark, every sound is magnified and is attributed to dark and sinister forces.  The darkness disorients us.

In C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the ship named Dawn Treader has sailed into a place called the Dark Island, and predictably, everyone on board is terrified.  Lucy, one of the visitors on the ship, starts to whisper, “Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send us help now.”  Lewis went on to state: “The darkness did not grow any less, but she began to feel a little – a very, very little – better.”  Then what happens?  A tiny, every so tiny, speck of light becomes visible ahead.  Lewis put it this way: “…(it) did not alter the surrounding darkness” but it did light up the ship. 

What’s the point?  As Mike Yaconelli noted in Dangerous Wonder, “Notice that the darkness did not diminish.  God does not always rid us of the darkness; He joins us in the darkness.”

There are some things that people can only do when it is light outside, or when there is sufficient light to dispel enough of the darkness that blankets itself around us.  Jesus is the Lord of the daylight.  But he is also the Lord when it is dark.  And sometimes, that’s when we can best recognize Him.

1 Tim. 6:16 (NLT) – He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No one has ever seen him, nor ever will. To him be honor and power forever. Amen.

Copyright by 2005, 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Thank you for being Lord of both the light and the darkness, but most of all, for joining us when it is dark and walking with us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 03/08/13 – Because the World Loves Darkness

DayBreaks for 03/08/13 – Because the World Loves Darkness               

_MG_0554SM A great many of us American Christians get “wrapped around the axle” when it comes to what’s going on in our culture.  Mass shootings of children in a school in Connecticut, rampant drug abuse even among elementary age children, economic systems that feed the pockets of the wealthy but starve the hard workers, injustice, laws that blatantly fly in the face of God’s clear Word, the massive numbers of unwed mothers and dead-beat fathers, children growing up without healthy role models, churches that have forgotten why Jesus created them in the first place – these and many other things scare us and cause us to scratch our heads and wonder what’s happening. 

It’s not just America, but the world, too.  As I was walking the other day, my wife commented on what a beautiful world God created.  Being in a rather sober mood, I commented that yes, it is beautiful here, but around the world people are shooting and killing each other – often in the name of their faith, or for greed or power.  North Korea is threatening South Korea and the US with “fire” that will destroy Seoul and Washington as they continue their nuclear program.  Iran has pledged itself to wipe Israel “off the map” once they have the capability to do so.  Human trafficking exists on a rampant scale, thrusting young children as young as 11 or younger into abuse the defies description.  I don’t get it.  What, in God’s name, has become of us?

Well, you know, I’m not sure that anything has become of us.  There is a simple reality that the apostle John pointed out in the third chapter of his gospel that goes like this: John 3:19 (MSG) –
This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God.  Or, in the more familiar way of putting it: And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. – (NLT)

There it is, pure and simple.  We must not be surprised at what is happening – at least not if we believe what Scripture says about us.  The fact is that people love the darkness (evil, self-promotion and self-interest) more than the light (the things of God).  Why?  Because “their actions were evil” – and their actions, if the world gets dark enough, will seem normal and right or at least acceptable.

It’s easy to point the finger at “them”, isn’t it?  But in what ways am I loving the darkness more than the light?  In what ways are you loving darkness and evil and sin?  Don’t fool yourself about how holy and upright you are.  You are still human.  You still have a sin nature that has a strong root in you. 

Maybe it is time for us Christians to take a good, hard look at ourselves and really probe on the ways that we still love darkness…and then ask God to shine the Light of Jesus into those dark places in our hearts, to root out that darkness.  One thing is for sure: we can’t root them out ourselves!  We can’t even recognize them for what they are because we are deluded about our own faults and sin and goodness. 

Prayer is called for.  Repentance is needed.  The Spirit-walk is necessary.  Even as I write this, I know what some of those dark areas are in my soul and I fear to write what I have for I know my own weakness and how the darkness calls to me and how weak and prone to falling that I am.  Hypocrisy knows no bounds and it spares none of us.  Lord Jesus, have mercy on our souls!

PRAYER: Oh, Light of the world that reached down into darkness, cast Your beams into the dark, dank recesses of our hearts and minds to drive away our love of darkness.  Help us love the Light more than the darkness!  Spare us from what we deserve, and grant us Your grace!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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