DayBreaks for 4/4/16 – The Father Who Refused to Quit

DayBreaks for 4/04/16 – The Father Who Refused to Quit

At 11:41 in the morning on December 7, 1988, a 6.8 earthquake struck the northern part of Armenia (part of the Soviet Union at the time). This was in the days of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviets, but the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev called President Ronald Reagan and asked for help from the United States in the rescue and humanitarian areas. Many people from the US donated money and many others traveled to the stricken area to assist in whatever way they could. When all was totaled up, somewhere between 25-50,000 people died and between 31-130,000 persons were injured.

Typically in such situations, survivors are recovered within the first 24 hours and that was proven true in this disaster. But there was one man who was desperately seeking his young son. Twenty-four hours passed, then 48. Two days turned into three, then four, then five. The rescue teams pleaded with the man to give up and accept that his son was dead, but the father refused to quit looking. Why? Because he was a father.

And so, the father continued to look and search amongst the debris of what had been the school where his child was buried. Finally, after moving some debris and seeing an open space below, he called down his son’s name. In response, he heard several voices. Among them he heard the weak, wavering voice of his child saying, “Daddy! You’ve come! I thought you’d given up!” The little boy was pulled alive from the wreckage, one of only two dozen from the school of hundreds who survived.

A father’s love (or mother’s) is powerful. It drives parents onward when all around them says to quit, to walk away.

Our lives were in ruins before God came to our rescue. We were buried under massive piles of shame, guilt, despair, hopelessness and sin. For some it has taken years or decades before they heard the Father’s voice calling them back to the land of the living.

In spite of the father’s frequent comments to his son that he’d always be there when he need him, the child had given up hope – he was afraid that his father had given up because it had been so long. But that father didn’t give up. Neither does our Father in heaven.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV) – Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. These are the words of Moses to the Israelites just before his death. Jesus made a similar statement in the New Testament to his followers – that he would never leave nor forsake them.

Sometimes it is hard to hope against the darkness. But we have a Father who will never give up.

TODAY’S PRAYER: Father, I am so very grateful that you have never given up on me – and that you never will! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 11/19/12 – No Barriers, No Limits

DayBreaks for 11/19/12 – No Barriers, No Limits

From the DayBreaks archive for 11/19/02:

Luke 5:17-20 – “17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’

I recently attended our corporate sales and education kickoff meeting for FY03.  The theme of the meeting was “No Limits!”  It was intended to inspire and motivate those of us in attendance to greater achievement in the coming year than in the past year.  It was an inspiring meeting – especially the part that talked about Terry Fox, a Canadian who was diagnosed with cancer, had one leg amputated, but who decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.  For about 6 months, Terry, with the help of his friends, ran (hobbled is more appropriate) the equivalent of a marathon race EACH DAY.  He wouldn’t give in to the barriers – whether they were rain, snow, ice, heat, bleeding from the stump of his leg, fatigue, frustration – because he had a goal he believed was worth achieving.  Sadly, he had to quit before he completed the run because his cancer came back.  It eventually claimed his life.  An incredible story.

Scripture captures another story that was similar.  Among a group of friends was a paralytic.  He couldn’t move himself, not even to get out of his own excrement.  He couldn’t work.  He probably couldn’t feed himself.  His friends supported him and took him (carried might be a better term) to the Master.  And notice verse 20: “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”  It wasn’t the faith of the paralytic man – but that of his friends that moved Jesus to this healing.

As I taught from this passage of scripture recently, I was struck with the fact that I seem to give up so easily when it comes to bringing a friend who is sick with sin – paralyzed, dead in sin – into contact with the Healer.  I realized that it doesn’t take very much of a barrier to make me stop.  The friends of the paralytic cared so much about his physical suffering and well-being that they tore through a roof in Palestine to bring their friend into contact with Christ.  What kind of a barrier does it take to stop you from bringing your friend to Jesus?  A wall of tissue paper?  A roof of twigs and mud?  A brick wall?  Or will you not let anything stop you from bringing your friend (or coming yourself) to Jesus for healing?

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Teach us to fearlessly break through barriers in Your name! Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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