Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Wouldn't it be nice if the telephone would ring, and when you say Hello, there is the voice of God telling you that He loves you personally, individually, and how your prayers are answered, etc. Many people say they would believe if only God would do that for them!
If that were the way God speaks to us, phones all over the world would be ringing 24 hours a day. All the phone service providers in the world would not be able to handle any other calls.
God has chosen a wiser way to tell you that He loves you and is answering your prayers--in His word, the Bible, ministered individually and personally to your heart by the Holy Spirit. That is all that Jesus had; He had to depend on the Old Testament, and yet He was the divine Son of God. Now you also have the New Testament--so you have far more evidence of God's love for you personally than even Jesus had!
The Jews in Jesus' time didn't want to accept Him as the Messiah because they wanted a miracle to prove it to them. That's why Jesus told them the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. The miracle of someone rising from the dead didn't help them to believe! Jesus said, "If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though One rose from the dead" (vs. 31).
Listen to Moses and the prophets, that is, the Bible itself. Believe the Good News it has for you. You must not despise this greatest of all evidence that God loves you personally and individually. Read the Bible on your knees, pleading for God's forgiveness for our unbelief.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: 1994 Phone Message.
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