DayBreaks for 3/26/19 – Being on the Right Side

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DayBreaks for 3/26/19: Being on the Right Side

From the DayBreaks archive, March 2009:

Throughout history kings, emperors and generals have tried to inspire their troops with claims that “God is on our side”. The idea? Well, if God is on our side, we will win…God is on our side because we are in the right!

Well, I have some problems with that. I’m not so sure that God chooses sides to coincide with us and our squabbles. I like what Abraham Lincoln had to say in reply to a group of southerners who came to see in him Washington, DC: “My great concern is not whether God is on our side; my great concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

Sometimes we can be so sure that we’re right…that God just has to see things the way we do and agree with us, thus He’ll bring us to a happy conclusion. It is humility to recognize that we aren’t always right, but God is. How much greater it is to desire to be on God’s side than to have Him on ours!

What does it take? Knowing the heart and mind of God. We certainly won’t ever get that one down perfectly, so let’s be humble about it and admit it. Let’s not be pigheaded and stubborn unless we are positive we have the mind of God within us about a matter – and even then we may well be wrong!

Let’s work hard to be on God’s side!

Prayer: May we seek to never convince you to be on our side, but may we desire only to be on Your side, Father!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

PRAYER: Help us take the long road so we may walk it with  you and revel in your creation and presence! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

 

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DayBreaks for 4/26/17 – Be Careful Where You Cast Your Net

DayBreaks for 4/26/17: There Is a Right Side

Note: Galen is traveling this week.

From the DayBreaks archive, April 2007:

Statistically speaking, most of you reading this are right handed (about 90%).  We refer to those who write with their left hand as “using the wrong hand”.  Some teachers used to even try to teach lefties to write with their right hand.  It is a right-handed world.  Think about public telephones.  Think about power tools.  We drive on the right side of the road (except of course for the British who drive on the “wrong” side of the road).  Jesus even talked about the “right” side being good (the sheep) and the “left” side bad (the goats)!  Now, I know that spiritually there is nothing wrong with being left-handed.  Lefties are just different.  Baseball teams love left-handed pitchers because they’re scarce.  Recent statistics, however, showed that lefties don’t live as long as righties.  Don’t ask me why – I haven’t got the foggiest idea.

In John 21:4 says that Jesus told his followers: Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.  I realize that when Jesus said this, he was talking about right as opposed to left, but there is a point to be made here: Whatever Jesus tells us to do is “right” and if we follow it, our lives will be filled with an overabundance of good things. 

I’m sure that sometime during the night time hours as the disciples fished, they’d thrown the net over the right side of the boat as well as the left.  They’d caught diddly, zero fish, zip, nada.  There was nothing magical about the right side of the boat.  Don’t you think that if there had been something magical about it that in all the years the disciples had been fishing that they would have noticed that every time they threw out on the right side instead of the left that they caught something?  They knew there wasn’t anything special about the “right” side of the boat.

But here’s the key: obedience.  Jesus told them what to do and they did it.  And it worked! 

It is no different in our lives.  Jesus tells us what to do and if we do it, we are blessed.  Whatever Jesus tells us to do is “right” – he’ll never tell us to cast our net on the “wrong” side of the boat.

If it seems like you’ve been fishing all throughout the night time of your life and that you have nothing to show for it, perhaps you’ve not been listening to what Jesus says is “right”.  Your own way is doomed to fail: Prov. 14:12 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Choose to do the “right” that Jesus has chosen for you – don’t trust yourself.  You’ll only end up dying as a result.

PRAYER:  Lord, let us be on the right side!  Let us rest confidently and not doubt your wisdom and guidance.  May we be quick to obey and eager to serve!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

DayBreaks for 01/15/15 – Time to Do Right

DayBreaks for 01/05/15 – Time to Do Right

It isn’t hard to “give up” on doing what is right.  It doesn’t seem to be rewarded.  We’ve tried over and over to correct things that are wrong both in ourselves and in the culture, only to find that it doesn’t seem to make any difference.  And so we, weary and worn, surrender the effort.

In the early ’60s, at the height of the civil rights movement, a group of white ministers issued a public statement urging Dr. Martin Luther King, in the name of the Christian faith, to be more patient in his quest for justice and to relax the relentless struggle for civil rights. King’s response came in the form of the famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In the letter, King indicated that he had received similar requests for delay, indeed, that he had just gotten a letter from a “white brother in Texas” who wrote, “… It is possible you are in too great a religious hurry … The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth.” Dr. King replied that such an attitude stemmed from a sad misunderstanding of time, the notion that time itself could bring healing and solve problems.

King knew that complete justice must await the coming of God.  We will not see complete justice in our lifetimes unless it is due to the return of the Lord.  In the meantime, if we can make even a tiny corner of the world better by doing right, it is worth it.  “…the time is always ripe to do right.”

PRAYER: Through your strength, may we contribute to the world becoming a better place as we do what is right! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 01/30/13 – What Questions Are You Asking?

DayBreaks for 01/30/13 – What Questions Are You Asking?

question1I’m full of questions.  I know that there’s an old saying about there not being such a thing as a bad question.  I don’t believe that’s really true.  I think that there are good questions – ones that lead us to grow – and bad ones that lead us to rationalize and try to escape our duties.

Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged us to ask the right questions when he said: “Cowardice asks the question: is it safe?  Expediency asks the question: is it politic?  Vanity asks the question: is it popular?  But conscience asks the question: is it right?  And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular – but one must take it because it’s right.

What kind of questions do you ask when faced with a moral/social issue?  Do you seek safety or what is right?  Do you desire to “do the right thing” and give in to expediency?  Do you ask yourself what it will make others think about you if you take a stand?  Or do you simply ask, “What is right?”  I have a hunch that’s what Jesus asked and then he set about doing it.  It’s what he would have us do, too.

PRAYER: Keep us from evading the truth by asking the wrong questions, Lord.  Give us not only the desire, but ability to do what is right!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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