DayBreaks for 1/28/16 – He Is Thinking Of Me Right Now

DayBreaks for 1/28/16: He Is Thinking of Me Right Now

From the DayBreaks archive, January 2006:

Ps 40:17 NLT – As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord is thinking about me right now.  You are my helper and my savior.  Do not delay, O my God.

The ancients really didn’t think much of their gods.  They believed that the gods weren’t very favorably disposed towards humans.  They believed that the gods made people largely to dig ditches and to irrigate the fields so that the gods didn’t have to do that kind of work themselves.  In that sense, they felt they were slaves to the gods, oppressed by them.  And the gods rarely, if ever, gave much thought to humanity after they been relieved of the menial tasks of farming and growing food. 

What a contrast to the God of Israel!  But we need to understand the context: David was the king!  As far as the masses of humanity were concerned, he was neither poor nor needy.  Most Israelites could look at the lights aglow in his palace and think how rich David was, how blessed!  He surely didn’t have to go to bed hungry each night nor wonder where his next meal would come from – but they did.  But even the great king was forced to recognize how needy he was before God. 

The implication of the Lord thinking about him even as he wrote those words was twofold:

FIRST: God was not ignorant of David’s plight and certainly wasn’t blind to David’s existence.  How sad it would be if God was impressed by human position and wealth!  But He isn’t – in fact, over and over Scripture extols God for His concern for the poor, destitute, oppressed and betrayed.  And that just about describes us all, doesn’t it? 

SECOND: the fact that God was thinking about him gave David the confidence to ask a favor of God “Do not delay, O my God.”  There would have been no sense in asking a favor of a god who couldn’t hear you, or who didn’t think about you at all, except as a slave to till the soil of his planet.   What a blessing to know that there is never even a moment when He (the Lord Himself – not some underling vassal or angel) isn’t thinking of me!!!!

When I am depressed, I need to remember that the Lord is thinking of me that very moment.  When I am desperate, I need to remember that the Lord is thinking of me.  When I am being tempted to sin, and even when I am in the midst of sin, I must remember that the Lord is thinking of me even then.  Perhaps, if I can, through the power of the Spirit, remember that He’s thinking of me when I’m sinning, or being tempted to surrender to Satan and the flesh, I would have a double-check in my heart that would help to keep me from falling and sinning against the Lord.

As you go through your day today and experience laughter, discomfort, fear, joy, anger, temptation, love and hate – remember, the Lord is thinking of you – right then!

TODAY’S PRAYER: Father, what a blessing it is to know that You are thinking of us – not just at moments during the day, but at all moments during the day!  What relief that should bring us, and what encouragement to persevere in the face of temptation!  Help us to think more often of You, dear Lord, even as You think of us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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DayBreaks for 6/27/14 – He Thinks About You

DayBreaks for 6/27/14 – He Thinks About You

Psalm 8:3-4 (MSG) I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way?

Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT) When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them?

I wonder if there has ever been any human being in full possession of their faculties who has not sat under the starry sky on a dark night and been spellbound with amazement?  Sure, the ancients had no concept of how many stars there are in the universe nor of the vast distances that their light has traversed to paint their image on our retinas, but I’m nearly certain that we’ve all been captured by the majestic night sky!

When I sit under the stars with all the lights far away, even with my fading vision, I feel so infinitesimally small and insignificant.  If my body were to be thrown into space by a sudden upheaval of the earth’s crust, I’d be far smaller and occupy a much tinier space than a grain of sand in the Pacific Ocean.  And I echo the words of David, “Why?  Why, God, do you even both to take a second look in my direction?”  There is perhaps nothing more humbling.  Maybe that’s why He created space so immense – to teach us the difference between us and Him.

Helmut Thielicke says that during World War II, his students often wrote from the battlefield saying, “I am so exhausted from marching, my stomach is so empty, I am so plagued with lice and scratching, I am so tormented by the biting cold of Russia and so dead tired, that I am totally occupied, without the least bit of inner space for any speculative thinking.” Sometimes they would write that they were too weak to leaf through the Bible and were even lazy about the Lord’s Prayer. Dr. Thielicke would reply, “Be thankful that the Gospel is more than a philosophy. If it were only a philosophy, you would just have it as long as you could keep it in mind and it could afford you intellectual comfort. But even when you can no longer think about God, he still thinks about you.”

Today you may feel small.  Insignificant.  Microscopic.  Unimportant.  Worthless.  Alone in a vast sea of humanity and cosmic dust.  If Scripture is to be believed (and I do believe it), though we are small, we are not insignificant to God.  Though we are microscopic, we are not invisible to Him.  Though we are unimportant in the great scheme of things, we matter to Him.  Though we are worthless in comparison, He finds us priceless.  And though we may feel alone…we never are.

We are held in not just His thoughts, but in His heart, not just for now, but for forever!

PRAYER: Thank You for “seeing” and thinking of us and believing we are of such great worth that You gave everything for us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 03/05/13 – God’s Inventory

DayBreaks for 03/05/13 – God’s Inventory                       

numerical counterLuke 12:6-7 (NIV) – Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

I used to work for a computer company that specialized in software and products for automotive parts stores.  Among their other tasks, the computers kept track of the inventory in the store(s).  There may have been 30-35,000 different parts in a typical store, so it was a big job.  There are companies that specialize in inventory control…and they make millions doing it.

God keeps an inventory, too.  I suspect that He keeps an inventory of everything, actually.  In the passage above, Jesus indicates that God has an inventory of sparrows…and of human hairs.

Exactly how many hairs are on a human head?  Well, it obviously varies, but here’s some statistics that give us an idea: on the average there are over one hundred thousand strands of hair on a young adult.  Blondes average about 140,000 strands, brunettes average 108,000 and redheads average 90,000.  Hair grows at a rate of about 150 millimeters a year and each individual hair lasts for two to six years before it falls out, the follicle has a rest for a while, while another takes its place.  Hair grows quickest in young adult women aged between sixteen and twenty-four.  Now if you figure there are over 7 billion people in the world, that’s a lot of strands of hair for God to know about!  But Jesus said He does.  He even notices the average of 70 hairs a day that are lost from each human head.

The point isn’t that God is good at math (He is…He invented it!), but that God cares for all of His creation…especially humans.  Sure, He knows how many sparrows there are in the world.  A Google search says that there is no estimate of the number of sparrows because they number multiple billions, with single flocks that sometime include twenty million sparrows! 

Jesus’ point was this: unlike the gods the ancients believed in, God is far from unconcerned and uninvolved with us.  No one keeps track of sparrows like God does.  And no one keeps track of human hairs like God. 

As John Ortberg put it in Who Is This Man?, “God values sparrows…more than you know.  He feeds them, gives them twigs and trees for nests and gives them other sparrows to mate with.  God cares so much for them that He has a running inventory.” 

When a baby is born, the parents count the fingers and toes.  God counts the hairs of the head.  And He is so concerned for us that He will never lose count of a single one no matter how long we live!  Let us find peace and rest in that wondrous certainty of God’s knowledge of us and all that happens to us.

PRAYER: How wonderful it is knowing of Your care for every detail of our lives!  We praise You, Almighty Father!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/19/12 – God and My Day

DayBreaks for 12/19/12 – God and My Day

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Ever have one of those days when ABSOLUTELY nothing goes according to plan and you are frustrated and maybe upset with God (and the rest of the world) because of either what did, or didn’t happen?  I had one of those days today.  How timely that it showed up on Facebook (I don’t know who wrote it), but it was a perfect fit for my situation today, and perhaps for you, too!

Me: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure

Me: Promise You won’t get mad

God: I promise

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do u mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait

God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

God: All right

Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one
of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that

Me (humbled): OH

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed):Okay

God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m Sorry God

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things , the Good & the bad.

Me: I will trust You.

God: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.

Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children…

PRAYER: I am so self-centered, God, thinking that the cosmos revolves around me and what happens to ME on this single day!  Remind me that You are a big, busy God, infinitely wise, knowing the ending from the beginning, and that as far as You are concerned, the cosmos does revolve around me because of Your great love for me and for all Your other children, too!  In Your name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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