"But do not fear, O My servant Jacob, and do not be dismayed, O Is-
rael! For behold, I will save you from afar, and your offspring from the land of their captivity; Jacob shall return, have rest and be at ease; no one shall make him afraid."
Behold the blessed promise God makes to His church (in every age). No matter how bad things are, or what direction they seem to be go-
ing--the Lord cannot be prevented from extending His kingdom through gospel-proclamation, and spreading His grace on His children.
Many people today anticipate evil days. It is easy to do this. But it takes faith to believe verses such as this one (above). Let true believ-
ers never lose heart. To do so is to give into the enemy. Let us trust God to keep His promises to His beloved bride.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Evil is an evil thing, and yet it may be a good thing that evil should be in the world." --Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, "The Decrees of God"]