DayBreaks for 7/4/18 – Is This It?

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DayBreaks for 7/04/18: Is This It?

I find it interesting that some of the DayBreaks I wrote in years past are just as relevant, though perhaps in a slightly different context, than when they were first written.

From the DayBreaks Archive, June 2008:

Just this past week, the stock market fell 380-some points in one day.  It wasn’t the only day the market fell.  In fact, June was perhaps the worst month for the stock market since the great depression, according to one news source.  On the same day, oil prices surpassed $140 per barrel, and some were saying that it’ll blow past $150 very soon, in spite of the Saudi’s agreeing to pump some more oil.  The situation with Iran doesn’t look promising.  Due to the cost of energy, the cost of food is rising rapidly, General Motors is struggling to survive and other large companies that have seemed to be rock solid pieces of the American financial foundation are sinking.  People are being let go.  Inflation seems to be a real threat, even as the housing market continues to sink. 

Last Thursday night, my wife and I attended a financial seminar on retirement planning and received some good guidance on investments, etc.  One of the key thoughts that kept running through my mind was this: I’m so grateful that I’m not dependent on financial investments either for this life or the next.  Not even a million shares of Google could get me into heaven.  Nor can it feed my belly or assuage hunger. 

Does it scare me at all to see what is happening in America and the world?  Yeah, I guess it does a bit.  More because I worry about my kids and grandkids and what their world might be like.  God, however, isn’t affected by the falling stock market, rumors of wars, greenhouse gases, the price of oil or an uncertain future.  There is no such thing as an uncertain future to Him.

Amid all the panic, as Christians we can be lights in the darkness, projecting the truth of what we know in our hearts, simply this: this is God’s world and all will end exactly as He wills it – without exception. 

We, of all people, should not run around panicked about what may or may not be.  We, of all people, should be filled with peace, even as we see the world around us start to disintegrate at a faster rate because we know Who holds the future – and us – in His hands.

Is this the birth pangs of the end?  I honestly don’t know. Either way, let us lift our voices with John the beloved disciple and say, Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

PRAYER: Lord, you hold the times and the seasons in Your hand.  You alone have the wisdom to bring sense out of this chaos, to bring perfection out of such brokenness.  Let us be harbingers of the coming of the King, preparing the way for the coming of the Lord!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

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DayBreaks for 2/10/17 – When the End Comes

DayBreaks for 2/10/17 – When the End Comes

When we think about “the end”, there are probably lots of things that cross your mind.  I think of the blast of the trumpet, I think about what it will be like to actually look up to the heavens and see Jesus for the very first time, surrounded by who-knows-how-many angels, riding on a great white war horse.  I think about what it will be like to see the spirits of the dead popping up from the ground all around.  I think of how I’ll feel – will I know fear, or will my relationship with him be such that there is no fear?  What kind of looks will be on the faces of those who will only for all eternity know him as their judge and not as their Savior?  What kinds of shrieks and cries will fill the air?  Imagine the looks of wonder, shock, joy and dismay that will be seen on people’s faces.

I think about the end of suffering, of pain, disease, death.  I think about not ever having to pay income taxes again, or to never again have to make a house payment (not even on my “mansion” in heaven!)  And I wonder what the One who sits on the throne looks like, I can’t wait to see the four living creatures are like and to hear the sweet music of heaven!

But there’s another thing that will accompany the end that I don’t often think about.  Julian of Norwich put it this way: When the end comes and we are taken for judgment above, we will then clearly understand in God the mysteries that puzzle us now.  Not one of us will think to say, ‘Lord, if it had been some other way, all would be well.’

How many times have I thought God should have done something differently, or in a different way than He has?  Certainly, if He’d only asked me first, I could have told Him a better way than He decided on by Himself!!!!  There are mysteries that deeply trouble me: why we find it so hard to forgive (given the way we have been forgiven by Him!), why we are so quick to judge, why there are tornados, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, diseases, divorces?  Why is there such a thing as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?  Why did He let someone be born only to die within minutes, hours or days?  What purpose do all those things serve, or do they serve any purpose at all?  (I have to believe that they do, or He would not permit them to happen.)  And so, I trust that Julian was right: that the day will come when we will not question God, but will KNOW.  Where we will not accuse Him of choosing the wrong way, for we will see with our own eyes and understand in our own hearts and minds that God did, indeed, choose the best way for everything, and that in the end, “all will be well.”

PRAYER:  Lord Jesus, as you know, It is hard to live by faith when we are alive in a world of such brokenness and unanswered questions.  Teach us to trust You, that there is a rhyme and reason to all things, and that in every decision You make, that You have chosen not only wisely, but perfectly.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 10/03/14 – It’s How It Ends

DayBreaks for 10/03/14 – It’s How It Ends

I doubt that there is a believer alive who is not concerned about the eternal destiny of some close friend or relative. I don’t think that we should ever be apologetic about that.  It is right that we are concerned about them.  Love is a powerful motivator and it can lead us to share Christ with those we love and by so doing eternity can be changed! But it sure can be painful and cause many sleepless nights.

The great wit, C. S. Lewis, started out a doubter. He saw British Christianity as a pale and bloodless business. It did not excite him. In fact, to his reasoned, calculating way of thinking, Christianity made very little sense. It smelled of superstition and made promises about the future he was sure it could not make good on.

But C. S. Lewis came to see that he was missing something. He began to slide into a cynicism about life that frightened him. He wanted something to believe in. Someone who was on the Christian pilgrimage helped him to see that there was room for him in the parade. Not suddenly, but rather quietly, un-spectacularly, Lewis came into the Christian camp. We know the rest of the story: He became a great intellectual apologist for Christianity, writing and speaking to confound the critics of the Faith. He was the reverse of Ralph Vaughan Williams, taking on the critics of the Christian faith in Britain in a series of radio broadcasts which became enormously popular among a population growing steadily more indifferent to Christ.

A similar story can be told of Malcolm Muggeridge, a British thinker who in later life came to see that the Christian faith made far more sense to him than clinging to agnosticism. He, like Lewis, became an apologist for Christianity. He said “yes” to the invitation, after he first had said “no.”

It isn’t how the journey starts that counts. It’s how it ends that matters. The distance between those two points is one that no human can predict. The heartfelt agony of watching a loved one who once knew and professed faith but who appears to have rejected it is incredibly painful. In the middle of their journey (and ours!) let us not lose heart. God loves to swoop in at the last moment and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat – some might even say it is His specialty. If there is a way into the heart of your loved one, God can find it.

As a movie put it: “Everything will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay yet, then it isn’t the end.” Hang on to your prayers. Hang on to your faith that God can, and will, do something incredible in response to those prayers. Though the road may be very hard and difficult, though a life may be horribly misspent, it isn’t over until it is over. Never give up on anyone! Just ask the thief on the cross! 

PRAYER: Lord, we all have those we love who either have wandered from You or who don’t know You at all yet. Hear our pleas for their souls! Precious Father, You created them and love them more than we do and You want them to be saved even more than we do! Melt the hearts of stone that the Light may win the day in the end!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 09/20/13 – Earth’s Expiration Date

DayBreaks for 09/20/13 – Earth’s Expiration Date

Mark 13:32-33 (NLT) – “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 33  And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!

The following is from FOX news’ online post: “Earth could continue to host life for at least another 1.75 billion years, as long as nuclear holocaust, an errant asteroid or some other disaster doesn’t intervene, a new study calculates.

“But even without such dramatic doomsday scenarios, astronomical forces will eventually render the planet uninhabitable. Somewhere between 1.75 billion and 3.25 billion years from now, Earth will travel out of the solar system’s habitable zone and into the “hot zone,” new research indicates.” – http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/09/19/how-much-longer-can-earth-support-life/#ixzz2fNoetTqp

I couldn’t help but chuckle at the hubris of this article.  “Earth Expiration Date – Nukes and Asteroids Aside, Planet’s Life Span Set”.  Well, you know, they are right.  The expiration date of planet earth as we know it has been set, but not by things described in the article.  They have been set long ago by Almighty God!  No one else knows that time or day, just the Father.  But make no mistake: He does know when it will be.  Nothing will interfere with it, hinder it, speed it up, or make it not happen.

There are many who spend vast amounts of time trying to pick the date of the end of the world.  Cartoons have made caricatures of bearded bums wearing sandwich signs that say, “Repent!  The end is near!”  Now don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad warning….but that’s all it is – a warning.  It is a warning that we should take seriously because someday, one of those guys in the sandwich sign will be right (and my guess is that he’ll be as surprised as the rest of us!) 

God didn’t want us to know when it will happen – just that it will happen and that if we are wise, we will live like it will take place in the next nanosecond because it could happen then.  It may not, but it could. 

How ready are you for it?  Are you ready?  Are you confident of your eternal destiny?  If not, email me…go visit a pastor or church in your neighborhood and talk with them.  Earth does have an expiration date and so do you.  There’s no time to waste.

PRAYER: God, I pray for all who are not ready for that great day.  I pray that You will touch their hearts, open their eyes and allow them to come to faith before the expiration date arrives!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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