Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Have you ever read the Book of Daniel all the way through? It's a blessed experience, more so than any novel could possibly be. Jesus Himself urges us to read it, and dig deep into it, in Matthew 24:15: "'Therefore when you see the "abomination of desolation," spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place' (whoever reads, let him understand)."
The Book of Daniel is quoted many times in the New Testament, and is the underlying foundation for understanding the Book of Revelation. And Jesus also pronounces a special blessing on reading and pondering the meaning of that book: "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near" (Rev. 1:3).
You may say, "But those books are difficult to understand!" Think carefully. Jesus urges you to study both books. Do you believe in Jesus? If you do, then trust Him that He will give you understanding.
Ask Him in simple, heart-felt prayer, "Lord, You are urging me to read and understand; I don't know how to begin; please teach me!" He will hear that prayer, for there are many promises in the Bible that the Lord is all too ready and willing to teach anyone who asks Him. If we ask for bread, He has promised never to give us a stone.
Then get busy in the first hour of free time you have. By faith turn off the TV, your computer and other devices, and read Daniel and Revelation so your mind can be uninterrupted. Don't stop, don't let yourself be distracted. You can be sure that Satan will seek to distract you somehow, because he hates to see you reading those Books that Jesus has especially urged you to read!
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: April 7, 1998.
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