Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
The general idea the human race has about God is that He is far away. Jesus seems elusive, and "believers" often feel alone. Prayer appears to be unanswered, and they wonder, Does the One who says He is our Savior really care?
There was a man and his wife who had this problem in a big way. They had worship in their home daily for months and years, yes, decades. But the critically important answer they had prayed for a thousand times seemed more impossible every day that passed.
Finally the wife gave up. "The Lord has it in for me," she told her husband; "I'm the problem. God will never answer our prayers as long as I pray. I'm too sinful for any prayer to be answered! It's hopeless. Count me out. This marriage just won't work."
The husband decided to do just that--ignore her, press on without her. No longer did the two kneeling join their hearts in earnest, soul-stretching, believing prayer together. They had always loved each other but now became so alienated that they together dis-believed that God had made them "one." The farness-away-from-God idea had destroyed their happiness, both of them.
It meant God had a problem on His hands because He had chosen this particular husband to be "the father of all who believe" in Him throughout all time; and here they were, two stumbling along in depressed unbelief. The wife was just as important a link in God's plan as he was. The husband could never overcome unbelief until the wife did also. (Her name, incidentally--Sarah).
If you are a true child of Abraham, make up your mind: you will be just as tempted to unbelief as he was; but by the grace of Christ you can overcome as he (and Sarah!) did.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: June 11, 2002.
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