Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
When we come to our day's end and we're about to get in bed, if possible we kneel to pray. On our knees, we are quiet, subdued, in the presence of "our heavenly Father." We think back: have I honored my Savior today? Have I done and said what He would have done and said in my place?
Maybe when we gave something to help someone today, now we wish we had been more generous. When we said "Good morning" to someone, now we wish we had paused just a moment to look that person in the eye and truly pray for him a good morning, the beginning of an eternity of "goodness" which David said "shall follow me all the days of my life" (Psalm 23:6). Now we wish we had shared that "goodness" more liberally.
When we had contact today with someone discouraged, defeated, enmeshed in Old Covenant despair, we wish now that we had known how to inject into our little conversation some saving, vital truth of the New Covenant gospel that would have "made [him] free" (John 8:32).
Yes, we wish that we had had that "truth" at our mental fingertips as Jesus always had something to say that was life giving!
Well, He made a magnificent, tremendous, life-changing promise at the last Feast of Tabernacles He attended: "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (cf. John 7:37, 38).
When we lay our head on our pillow and think just a moment before drifting off in sleep, we may not be "alive" enough to "hunger and thirst for righteousness" (Matt. 5:6). (The only truly happy people in the world are they!) But we do sense a yearning for some "bread" for our own starved souls; we can't help but pray another little prayer before going to sleep, "Father, forgive me for wasting time this precious day. Please give me grace to be so hungry for the bread of life that nothing else can satisfy me!"
The Lord has solemnly promised, "The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out" (John 6:37). Thank Him a thousand times for that promise. Now believe it and trust in Him.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: October 29, 2007.
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