Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
The essence of that "most precious message" which "the Lord in His great mercy sent" to us long ago was the New Covenant. The idea which the "messengers" had was that the New Covenant is the promises that God makes in transforming the Ten Commandments from stern commands and prohibitions written in stone into most precious promises of righteousness in Christ. Conversely, the Old Covenant is the promises that we make to God to keep those Ten Commandments, which promises we break.
The New Covenant makes life to be a joyous walking on air; "delight thyself also in the Lord [believe His promises!]; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart" (Psalm 37:4, for example). Overnight? You know how that may not be reality because you see that Abraham is "[your] father" in believing the New Covenant, and how long did he wait before the Lord's promise to him of Isaac, the child of promise, was fulfilled? Yes, many years--but the apparently impossible fulfillment came!
The Lord gave Abraham "the desires of [his] heart"! And the long wait was worth it because of the immensity of the promise--he became "the father of the faithful" of all generations! Everyone who at last will walk through the gates of the New Jerusalem will do so as a "child of Abraham."
God's timing will be just right for you as it was just right for Abraham. It may be a dream from your youth; the holy desire of your heart is His desire for you! "Grow up" "into Christ." Come into the sunshine of the New Covenant.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: March 29, 2006.
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