Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
This mini-Bible study is dedicated to a special group of people who are heavily tempted sometimes to doubt that the Lord cares for them: they are people who once knew abounding good health, but who have become infirm so they cannot do what they used to do.
Sometimes this change has come about simply because of old age; but it's still painful to endure. But the Lord has taken pains to remind those who are old that He still loves them and cares for them: the Lord inspired the Psalmist to write his prayer, "Cast me not off in the time of old age” (Psalm 71:9). The Lord would not have inspired the poet to write those words unless He had wanted to make especially clear His promise that He will not forget, neglect, overlook, or cast you off when you become old and infirm. They, of all people, must "hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end” (Heb. 3:6). It is their privilege to honor the Lord Jesus even when they become very old; and He will grant them the confidence, the assurance, that they are being faithful. This will make life interesting and worthwhile even to the last hour.
Why one person must go through an accident or serious illness and not another person, is not a question the Lord wants us to mull over; He loves all alike and He loves each of us in a special way. If you have had to endure special trials but you have chosen to cherish the faith of Jesus, remember: the holy, sinless Son of God endured the hiding of His Father's faith and screams, "My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46).
When you meet Jesus personally (as you surely will, 2 Cor. 5:10!), you and He will have a special tête-à-tête; you will see that look in His eyes of recognition that you will know is infinitely reserved for you especially. Through all eternity you will cherish that special look. And oh how you will rejoice forever, singing "a new song” that no one else can sing as beautifully as you can.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: March 21, 2008.
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