DayBreaks for 2/08/18 – Trying to Get Our Attention

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DayBreaks for 2/08/18: Trying to Get Our Attention

From the DayBreaks archive, February 2008:

Have you ever known someone (maybe it was you!) that felt that God was trying to whisper something to you in order to get your attention?  I’ve met quite a few people who have had that experience, and I’ve had it myself.  I’ve felt that God was trying to get my attention so he could tell me what it was that he wanted me to do.  And that’s not bad – we should have “ears to hear” and be sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit so we can discern when God is speaking to us and what it is that he wants us to do.

But perhaps we’re making too many assumptions when we say, “I think God is trying to tell me something – I believe there’s something He wants me to do.”  It is important that we consider another possibility: perhaps God is just trying to get our attention, period.  He may not have something that he wants us to do.  It may be that its been so long since we just sat quietly at his feet and reflected on Who and What He Is.  Certainly, if God wants something done, He can get it done – with or without our cooperation. 

I know that when my kids come home for a visit that I’m not interested in all the things that they can do for me while they’re here.  I don’t have a list of projects stuck on the refrigerator for each of them.  What I want when they come home is to be able to spend time with them, to share moments in time that will never come again, to reconnect and re-affirm.  I think more often than not, when we feel God is trying to get our attention, it’s not because He has something for us to do – it’s because he wants that connection with us, that closeness that is not there when we’re “gone”. 

Give him your attention today – and every day.  Even if it’s just for a few minutes.  It’ll change your entire day!

PRAYER: Mighty God, thank you that you so desperately desire our attention.  Help us to welcome yours!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 4/25/17 – Don’t Beat Your Donkey

DayBreaks for 4/25/17: Beating Your Donkey

Note: Galen is traveling this week.

From the DayBreaks archive, April 2007:

The story of Balaam and his talking donkey is in Numbers 22.  Balaam was on his way to do something wrong, riding happily along on his donkey, when the way was blocked by an angel that the donkey could see but that Balaam couldn’t.  (That should have been the first clue that Balaam was blind to spiritual things!!!)  Because Balaam couldn’t see the angel and he was impatient, he started to beat the donkey.  Imagine his surprise when the donkey asked why he was beating her (vs. 28)!  Well, if it wasn’t humbling enough for Balaam to be questioned by a donkey, in Numbers 22:32, he is asked by God’s angel (who Balaam can now see): Why have you beaten your donkey…?  I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. 

In a World Magazine, May 2, 1998 article titled “Donkey Talk”, Jay Grelen noted how a friend told him that he (Jay) acted as if he had a “sense of entitlement”, i.e., that he deserved to be treated a certain way, to be given certain privileges and treatment.  Jay was shocked, but came to see the words from his friend like the words from the donkey of Balaam.  Note what he says in his article: “Here’s what He (God) tells believers throughout the Bible: ‘I have redeemed you, yes, but I still hate, yes, with a burning passion, the sin in you as much as I hate the sin in those yet unredeemed.’  I needed to hear that.  I had convinced myself that my sins, especially the “small ones”, were less reprehensible in me than in others.”

“God exposed my superior attitude (which I kept neatly hidden even from my view) and showed how my sense of superiority led to my Sense of Entitlement.  ‘Of course I deserve more money, a better house, a book deal, a Pulitzer Prize, a comfortable life.’  ‘Why do you want to with a Pulitzer Prize?’, God asked.  “You know, God, so we can have believers succeeding in secular journalism.  So I can be a witness of You.’  ‘Tell me again?’  ‘Um, so I can make more money and be famous and rich and have a book deal.'”

“…a Sense of Entitlement fuels discontent and ingratitude – but I needed a reminder that when I think I deserve more, I’m saying God hasn’t given me enough.  In complaining about my situation, I’m biting the Hand that blesses me by already giving me more than enough…”

Galen’s Thoughts:  In the Old Testament, Shimei, one of Saul’s descendants was spitting on and mocking David as he fled from Absolom’s rebellion.  One of David’s men wanted to kill Shimei for disrespecting the king, but David wouldn’t let him.  David said, in essence, “No.  He may be right.  God may want me to hear what Shimei is saying.  I may need to hear it – no matter how uncomfortable it is.” 

Is God using some of your two-legged friends in your life as a “talking donkey” to give you a message you might not otherwise hear?  If so, don’t beat them – thank God for them!  You may be headed down a crooked and perverse path and He is warning you – perhaps even through the words of a donkey!

PRAYER:  Thank you, Lord, for the many ways you try to break through to us, to get our attention and turn us back to your ways.  Let us have ears that hear, hands that are willing, and hearts that are eager to obey.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

DayBreaks for 05/07/13 – The Dead Listen

DayBreaks for 05/07/13 – The Dead Listen

NOTE: 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.

12 29 08_3413_09_10_11_12_GGNC_4John 5:28-30 – “28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out-those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.

It’s interesting to look at the situations in which Jesus raised the dead.  Consider Jairus’ daughter.  Consider the widow’s son.  Consider Lazarus.    There is something common in all three of these resurrections miracles.  In all three cases, Jesus speaks to the dead person, and in all three instances, they hear.  In all three cases, not only do they hear, but they immediately obeyed the voice of the Lord.

John 5 tells us that they will not be the only ones in history who hear the voice of the Lord.  In fact, all of us who die before the Lord’s return will hear his voice, and when we do, we will come out of the grave.  There will be some who obey the voice of the Lord because they love Him and it has been the pattern of their life to obey.  Then there will be the rest – those who hear his voice and come forth out of the tomb not because they want to, but because they have no other choice.

I find it interesting that the dead never fail to hear and obey the voice of the Lord, while the same could not be said for the living.  It is not the dead that can’t hear, but those who are still alive.  Why should this be?  Perhaps because while we’re alive, we have a choice.  It doesn’t appear that the dead have a choice.  But I think that there’s another reason, and it is a reason that Jesus pointed out to Martha, when he told her, as recorded in Luke 10:41 – “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things…”  Doesn’t that describe what life is like?  There are so many things that yell for our attention, that distract us and which drown out the voice of the Lord.

If you are too busy to hear the voice of the Lord while you are alive, rest assured that some day you will hear it whether you want to or not.    Luke 8:8 – “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

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DayBreaks for 10/09/12 – Who Ya Gonna Listen To?

DayBreaks for 10/09/12 – Who Ya Gonna Listen To?

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. – Mt. 16:16-17

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” – Mt. 16:22-23

On Sunday, the preacher was talking about Matthew 16:13-26.  One of the advantages about not being the preacher for a change is to be able to listen and think about passages and someone else’s thoughts about them.  And sometimes, as you ponder the text, you get a new insight that you’d not seen before.  That happened to me this past Sunday.

Jesus and his followers are in Caesarea Philippi, a place that was a hotbed for idol worship.  Jesus poses the question to his disciples to find out what people are saying about him (he already knew – but he had a higher purpose, as usual).  The disciples reply, but then Jesus gets to the real point: he wants to know who they think he is…and Peter makes a great confession.  Jesus told Peter that he’d not come to that conclusion by listening to his own mind, but by hearing the voice of God.

Then, just a few verses later, Peter is trying to stop Jesus from going to Jerusalem where he would die.  At first glance, we might be tempted to applaud Peter because of his concern for the Lord’s well being.  Peter, I’m sure, thought he was doing a good thing, a right thing, by trying to forbid the prevent the death of his friend.  But this time Jesus is not thrilled.  He sharply rebukes Peter.  Why?  He wasn’t listening for God in this instance, but was hearing the thought of his own origin.

How quickly, how rapidly!, we can traverse from hearing the voice of God to listening to our own voice again, or the voice of another human!  The mind of man cannot possibly think the thoughts of God on its own.  We cannot hear Him when our minds are full of our own reasoning and thinking.  He ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts like our thoughts (Isa. 55:8).  We should never confuse the two!!!

PRAYER: I fear that I listen more closely to my own thoughts and inner voice rather than listening for Yours, Lord.  Help me to remember where hearing my own thoughts has taken me as a way of reminding me to wait to hear You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/10/12 – The Dead Listen

DayBreaks for 05/10/12 – The Dead Listen

From the DayBreaks Archive: 05/08/02

John 5:28-30 – “28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out-those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.

It’s interesting to look at the situations in which Jesus raised the dead.  Consider Jairus’ daughter.  Consider the widow’s son.  Consider Lazarus.    There is something common in all three of these resurrections miracles.  In all three cases, Jesus speaks to the dead person, and in all three instances, they hear.  In all three cases, not only do they hear, but they immediately obeyed the voice of the Lord.

John 5 tells us that they will not be the only ones in history who hear the voice of the Lord.  In fact, all of us who die before the Lord’s return will hear his voice, and when we do, we will come out of the grave.  There will be some who obey the voice of the Lord because they love Him and it has been the pattern of their life to obey.  Then there will be the rest – those who hear his voice and come forth out of the tomb not because they want to, but because they have no other choice.

I find it interesting that the dead never fail to hear and obey the voice of the Lord, while the same can not be said for the living.  Amazingly, it is not the dead that can’t hear, but those who are still alive.  Why should this be?  Perhaps because while we’re alive, we have a choice.  It doesn’t appear that the dead have a choice.  But I think that there may be another reason, a reason Jesus pointed out to Martha, when he told her, as recorded in Luke 10:41 – “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things…”  Doesn’t that describe what life is like?  There are so many things that yell for our attention, that distract us and which drown out the voice of the Lord.

If you are too busy to hear the voice of the Lord while you are alive, rest assured that some day you will hear it whether you want to or not.    Luke 8:8 – “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

PRAYER: Oh, Lord, help us hear your voice today and tomorrow and every day thereafter!  May we come to know your voice as our Good Shepherd, and not only as our Judge!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/12/12 – The Need to Hear

DayBreaks for 03/12/12 – The Need to Hear

Hearing is vital for life...

Oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths! 14 How quickly I would then subdue their enemies! How soon my hands would be upon their foes! Psalm 81:13-14

There are many prayers recorded in Scripture, especially in the Psalms, where people cry out to God with heartfelt prayers, imploring Him to listen.  Over and over their pleas fly heavenward.  We ask God to listen to us a great deal.  Isn’t it interesting that God longs for us to listen to Him?

The emperor Frederick, who ruled the Roman Empire in the 13th century, thought it would be a useful experiment to discover what our original language was–Hebrew, Greek, Latin or whatever. So he decided to isolate a few infants from the sound of any human voice. He reasoned that, if so isolated from anything prejudicial, when they spoke, it would be in the universal, natural tongue of the human species.

Wet nurses were obtained to care for these infants. But they were sworn to absolute silence and could not engage in any socializing with these infants in any way. From the moment they were born, these infants never heard the sound or hum or song of a human. Within a year they were all dead.

We cannot over-emphasize the importance of listening to God, even as we ask Him to listen to us.  Our willingness to hear Him is the difference between life and death.  How much time and energy are you spending to try to hear Him, instead of asking Him to hear you?

PRAYER: We are hard of hearing and hard of heart, Lord!  Open our ears, give us hearts that long for Your voice and words even more than we long for the air to breath, for Your Word is life to us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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