DayBreaks for 6/28/18: I Could Have Been Free

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DayBreaks for 6/28/18: I Could Have Been Free

From the DayBreaks Archive, June 2008:

Dr. Ramesh Richard was the final speaker at Promise Keepers in Fresno.  He talked about living a Godly legacy, and he told a story about a man in Alabama who was imprisoned for a crime and given a life sentence.  The man had been wrongly convicted but was in jail serving time.  Over the course of the years while he was in prison, he tried three times to escape but was recaptured each time.  Finally, after many years had passed, the original conviction was overturned.  However, in Alabama, there is a law that says that if you are serving a life sentence and have tried 3 times to escape, that you are automatically sentenced to another life sentence.  As the man said after learning about this law: “I could have been free if I hadn’t run.” 

When a prisoner attempts an escape and goes on the run, they don’t usually end up finding the one-armed man that was guilty of the crime (remember The Fugitive?).  They usually end up getting caught and more time is added because of the escape attempt.  As attractive as running may seem, it is costly.  In the case of the Alabama man, it may cost him the rest of the years of his life.

Think about that in a spiritual light for just a moment.  What usually happens to men and women when they have committed some sin?  Do they typically come running to God or do they run from Him?  There is a part of us, like Adam and Eve demonstrated in the garden, that runs from God when we have done something wrong.  And you know what?  That is exactly the WRONG way to run.  Instead of running from God, we should run to him and take the discipline He has to give us.  Instead of running and trying to pretend that nothing is wrong, we need to be in His Presence, heads bowed and seek His forgiveness.  Then we can be free, but not until. 

Perhaps you’ve been running from God.  Moses tried to run from God with his excuses about why he wasn’t the man God wanted.  Jonah tried to run from God and found that he couldn’t find freedom in that direction.  Perhaps you are running from His calling for your life.  You’ll never find freedom as long as you are running.  Perhaps you are running because of sin that you don’t want to face up to because you’re afraid the discipline will be more than you can bear.  It won’t be.  God disciplines, yes, but He loves you and will not break you (Isa. 42:3): A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice…  Perhaps you are running from making a commitment to the Lord and giving Him your life.  What a tragedy it will be when someday you stand before His throne and say to yourself, “I could have been free if I hadn’t run.”

PRAYER:  Let us run to You, Lord, and cast ourselves on Your great mercy!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

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 07/01/13 – What Are You Doing Here?

DayBreaks for 07/01/13 – What Are You Doing Here?

17_Elija___The_Cave1 Kings 19:11-13 (NLT) – “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?

Have you ever entered a room or gone to a store and forgotten why you were there?  Why you’d gone there?  Hopefully, it soon comes back to you but as we get older, sometimes that recollection takes longer!

Elijah was hiding in a cave on Mt. Sinai (Horeb).  He’d run for his life from the wrath of queen Jezebel, who was undoubtedly a genuine terror.  There is no indication that he’d sought God’s will before running, and in fact, if you were to read the entire nineteenth chapter of 1 Kings, you’d see that God asks him the same question not once, but twice: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

I don’t know for sure, but I think that the emphasis in God’s question was probably on the word, “here”.  God was asking, “Elijah, why are you here instead of back where you belong?”  Why do I think that?  Because right after this question and Elijah’s response, God sends him back to the place he’d fled shortly before. 

It is easy for us to wind up in the wrong place when we don’t ask God’s direction to start with.  We, like Elijah, conclude that it obviously makes sense to flee or to go to this place or that.  The problem is that while it may make sense to us, God’s ways DON’T make sense to us because His thoughts and ways are different than ours.  God had some other plan for Elijah, and by running to the cave and hiding, Elijah was working against God’s plan, much like Jonah’s running from God did. 

But here’s what I love.  God could have shouted the question at Him, but He whispered it.  God is so tender towards us, so gentle with us! 

We all need re-direction from time to time.  Are you where God wants you to be right now?  If you aren’t sure, ask Him…and then listen very silently and very carefully.  But know this: if you are not where He wants you and He makes that clear to you, you must act on that knowledge and go where He directs you!

PRAYER:  Search our hearts, reveal to us Your desires for where we should be, what we should do, where You want us to go, Lord.  Keep us from self-deception, fear and the comfort of complacency that would keep us in the same place forever rather than following Your lead!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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