Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
The Lord has always blessed us with special people "of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do" (1 Chron. 12:32). The New English Bible says, "skilled in reading the signs of the times."
God forbid that any of us should be so vain as to imagine that we are they when in fact we are "less than the least of all saints." Even the apostle Paul felt that was what he was (Eph. 3:8)!
But what would the present-day "children of Issachar" say that "Israel ought to do"? Clearly: tell the world what is that most precious message that "God commanded" should be proclaimed in "every church" and then given to the world. It's the message of "Christ and Him crucified" (1 Cor. 2:1, 2) that Revelation 18:1-4 says must lighten the earth with glory: "I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory." When he cries, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen," he calls on those whose hearts are honest to "come out of her, My people."
When the honest-hearted hear that call, nothing will be able to stop them from coming out--not family, friends, business. It will be the same call that came to Abraham when he was in Ur.
The Lord's prayer that we are to pray continually is, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). Through that inspired prayer this glorious goal will be our heart-burden continually, for by the much more abounding grace of Jesus, we are reconciled to His Father.
But His "kingdom" can't come until the message of the "kingdom" lightens the earth with glory. He has no other way to lighten the earth with the glory of His message except through His people. When you pray the Lord's prayer, you demonstrate that you have been adopted as His child. No higher honor is possible for anyone!
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: March 27, 2008.
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