Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
As the sun rises for another day, it looks down upon billions of people, each created in the image of God, each redeemed by the blood of the Son of God, but so few who understand His great sacrifice. The world is dark with misapprehension of God. And the statistics tell us that the percentage of Christians to world population is steadily shrinking. People wonder how the gospel can ever be effectively proclaimed to these billions.
But as surely as the sun rises upon the earth this morning, so does "the Sun of righteousness … arise with healing in His wings," says Malachi (4:2). That is, to those who "fear [His] name," and they are many. Christ is "the light [that] shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it [does not overcome it]" (John 1:5). He is "the true Light which gives light to every person who comes into the world" (vs. 9).
We feel a burden for these billions who misapprehend God, but how much more did the apostle Paul feel the same burden. "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?" (Rom. 10:14,15).
Great questions! But Paul says there is a soul-winning ministry going on that we don't know about: "Have they not heard? Yes indeed" (vs. 18). Then Paul quotes Psalm 19:4 where David directly compares the sunrise with the light of the gospel that shines--no, that's not the word--"reflected" is better (vs. 6). Everyone who will look, who "fears His name," can find today some evidence of the love of God for lost souls.
We are not headlights; but we can be like the reflectors on bicycles that glow in the dark when even a little light shines on them. And you, one of earth's billions, can light someone's path today with that reflected light from the Sun of righteousness. Then when evening comes you can be happy!
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: March 22, 1998.
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