Sunday, January 01, 2017

Dial Daily Bread: God's New Covenant Promise to Us

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

I apologize for not being able to be in touch with you the past few days. The Influenza-A virus, plus pneumonia, hit me at the same time. I spent a few days in the hospital, but didn't have access to a device to e-mail you. I appreciate all of you who have written inquiring about what happened to DDB. It's encouraging that you continue to read and receive a blessing from Elder Wieland's messages.

Following is a message many of you have read before, but for new readers it's a "classic" New Year's DDB.


Carol Kawamoto
For "Dial Daily Bread"


Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

New Year's Day is traditionally the time for resolutions. "I will do better in this or that way during this new year!" And in practice, these New Year's resolutions usually fail before February comes around.

A wise writer has said that our promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand, and that he knowledge of our broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens our confidence in our own sincerity and causes us to feel that God cannot accept us. Such promises and resolutions made to God are the famous Old Covenant. The children of Israel made the Old Covenant at Mount Sinai when they responded to God's promise by saying, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do" (Ex. 19:8).

Sounds good, doesn't it? And some people understand the Lord as approving of their making the Old Covenant when He later said, "I have heard the voice of the words of this people, ... They are right in all that they have spoken" (Deut. 5:28). This is often interpreted as the Lord's enthusiastic approval of their Old Covenant promise.

But those who take this position don't read far enough. In the next verse the Lord sighs, "Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear [reverence] Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them." Paul says that the Old Covenant "gives birth to bondage" (Gal. 4:24). That "bondage" brings darkness into your soul, even though you try ever so hard to be good.

No, your New Year's resolutions will not bring you victory and happiness. The Lord does not ask you to make promises to Him; He asks only that you believe His promises to you. His promise is the New Covenant; and for us to believe His promise is what makes Him happy. And in the end it makes us happy, too.

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: January 2, 1998.
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