Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
With all the billions of human beings on planet earth that the Lord has to care for, can you be sure that He cares about you?
Your answer, "yes" or "no," steers you to heaven or to the opposite. And your answer does not depend on miracles; in fact, if the only (or the main) reason you answer "yes" is certain miracles in your life, you are in for trouble. First, the devil can work miracles and fool you completely; and second, you can forget the miracles on which you base your faith.
You absolutely must believe: "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so." Getting up at 3 or 4 in the morning and going outside is a blessing: you get to see the stars. Look! They are infinite in number--concrete examples of God's infinitude; yet the Lord cares for each one. You've never seen a heavenly collision, have you? "Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things, ... He calls them all by name, by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; not one is missing" (Isa. 40:26).
"But they are great stars! I am ... well, nobody!"
Remember that the Creator of them all, the Son of God Himself, made Himself to become a "Nobody" for your sake. "He made Himself of no reputation" ["emptied Himself," New American Standard Bible] (Phil. 2:5-8). He died as a Nobody on a cross, forsaken by God His Father (so it seemed to Him, as it sometimes seems to you, Matt. 27:46).
You must believe what the Bible says! Read again what happened to Christ on the cross--it's Psalm 22. By faith alone He triumphed over that terrible sense of despair (vss. 21-31). Identify with Him; immerse yourself in Him, for He is life. Let self be "crucified with Him" and you will sense the resurrection with Him. Yes, say it: "But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks upon me" (Psalm 40:17). Choose to believe it!
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: August 14, 2002.
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