DayBreaks for 09/16/13 – He Done Took Out After Me

DayBreaks for 09/16/13 – He Done Took Out After Me

NOTE: Galen is just back from vacation.  New DayBreaks will resume tomorrow, but until then, here’s one more “recycled” DayBreaks!:

There’s a story about a young black boy in Memphis, Tennessee who wanted to join a conservative, fundamental church.  The deacons were examining this boy to determine if they’d let him join.  They asked him, “How did you get saved?”  The boy answered, “I did my part, and God did His part.”

The deacons thought that they had him, so they asked him what his part was and what was God’s part.  He said, “My part was the sinning.  I ran from God as fast as these rebellious legs would take me and my sinful heart would lead me.  I ran from Him.  But you know, He done took out after me ‘til He done run me down.”

I like this story.  I think we can all identify with this young man.  Our lives are a story of running in rebellion from God, but of a faster God who runs us down with His never-failing love.

You may think that God was the one who was missing but then was found – that you found Him.  Not so.  Jesus came on the ultimate mission to seek and save the lost.  God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1).  God is the original seeker.

We may be tempted to wonder why God would choose to seek US…after all we’ve done.  I like what Charles Spurgeon once said, “God chose me before I came into the world, because if He’d waited until I got here, He never would have chosen me.” 

It doesn’t matter why God “took out” after us.  All that matters is that He did!

PRAYER: Glory to You for Your pursuing, seeking love!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/03/11 – The Burro and the Horse

DayBreaks for 06/03/11 – The Burro and the Horse

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (KJV) – Acts 9:3-5

John Killinger retells this story from Atlantic Monthly about the days of the great western cattle rancher:

“A little burro sometimes would be harnessed to a wild steed. Bucking and raging, convulsing like drunken sailors, the two would be turned loose like Laurel and Hardy to proceed out onto the desert range. They could be seen disappearing over the horizon, the great steed dragging that little burro along and throwing him about like a bag of cream puffs. They might be gone for days, but eventually they would come back. The little burro would be seen first, trotting back across the horizon, leading the submissive steed in tow. Somewhere out there on the rim of the world, that steed would become exhausted from trying to get rid of the burro, and in that moment, the burro would take mastery and become the leader. And that is the way it is with the kingdom and its heroes, isn’t it? The battle is to the determined, not to the outraged; to the committed, not to those who are merely dramatic.”

We would hope that none of us are intentionally “persecuting” or fighting against the Lord, but whether it is intentional or not, we fight Him.  Our “old man of sin” is still breathing – and he dies very, very hard.  It is easy to get discouraged and weary when wrestling with God – just ask Jacob/Israel!

We should not give up, however, for God has lashed Himself to us in the person of the Spirit.  As we try to live Christ-like lives, our flesh fights against the Spirit – bucking, kicking, tugging.  But the Spirit doesn’t give up.  God is not the one who will get weary of the struggle.  God is not the one who will give up.  Make sure that you stay lashed to the Spirit, and the battle will be won!

PRAYER: I thank you, Spirit, that you are so persistent and that in your tremendous power, you are gentle!  Teach us to yield to you sooner rather than later!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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