DayBreaks for 2/09/18 – The Promise of a Father

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DayBreaks for 2/09/18: The Promise of a Father

Sometimes just re-reading a verse opens a new universe of thought. In my quiet time, I’m trying to not force any issue or hear a specific message, I’m just trying to hear what Jesus was saying – and beyond that, to the meaning of what he was saying.

Just Thursday morning as I was reading in John 14, I ran across this verse: I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. – John 14:18 (ESV)

Wow. Did you catch the import of that verse? Let me share with you that my dad passed on to glory a bit over 20 years ago. I suppose that one could say that as far as an earthly father is concerned, I am now an orphan – and how I wish that were not so! It’s not that I think my dad wanted to leave me, but he did. His heart would not allow him to live here indefinitely and it finally gave out. But his absence, my “orphanhood” if you will, it is the reality of my daily life. My dad was amazing – not sinless, but a man of extraordinary character and integrity. But, he’s no longer here. It is an uncomfortable thing to feel like an orphan. Jesus says that I am not an orphan.

Some are orphans because of the death of parents, others are orphans because they were unwanted – their parents abandoned them. That must be even more painful than being an orphan by death. I cannot imagine how it must feel to be “unwanted” as a human.

Jesus wants us to know that being unwanted will never be the case with us, either. We will not be orphans in either sense, for he will come to us.

One simple verse…but Jesus wants us to really “get” this. We are not orphans. We will never be orphans. We have a Father who loves us and will never abandon us. Now – with that thought in mind, go have a great weekend!

PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for being our forever Father, for this promise that we will never be orphans in this universe! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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All Things New

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. – Revelation 21:5

 

Behold, I make all things new...

Oh, how I cherish this promise of Jesus!  Of all the promises in Scripture, this one lifts my heart perhaps the most.

 

Most of the time when I think about Jesus making all things new, I think of things like this planet, of the universe being set free from the existing laws of thermodynamics with its inevitable demise.  I think of the polluted rivers and streams and lakes and oceans.  I think of the erosion that has scarred much of the earth.  I think of the hunger and homelessness of billions on this planet and my heart breaks for them.  I recall the faces of those I met in Haiti who will never have much of anything in this life – and how I wish there were some quick and easy answer for them.  I think of the wars, killings, genocide, diseases.  I think of hatred, racism, of death and dying.  I think of dead bodies being raised in glory as immortal beings who will reflect God’s glory forever.

But I think I’ve missed the most important thing of all with my musings about what will be made new.  You know what I long for?  It will be great to have a new body that won’t age or die, but what I/we most need is not new rivers, forests or mountains.  What we need the most are new hearts.  Jesus will make that new, too.  And I think that will be one of the most wonderful new things that there could ever be!  We need new hearts.  Scripture is clear that the imaginations of our hearts are continuously evil and selfish (Genesis 6:5).  Won’t it be awesome when the imaginations of our heart only dance with that which is pure, holy, righteous, loving, compassionate and kind?

PRAYER: Even now, Lord, cleanse our hearts and begin the process of giving us hearts of love, not hearts of stone!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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