Today's encouragement comes from 2 Chronicles 6:18a, where we read these words:
"But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? . . . "
Solomon's question, asked during his prayer of the dedication of the temple, was fully and finally answered when Jesus Christ came to earth in the incarnation, (which we celebrate at Christmas). Indeed, God *does* dwell with people on earth, even today--in and through the glorious Son of God who is the Head of His church.
Whatever struggle or difficulty we may be facing today may be much eased by the faithful reflection of our souls on this blessed truth: that God is with us, here and now, in Christ.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Lord, let the [magnet] of Your Spirit draw my heart upward. Lord, dig the earth out of my heart; teach me how to possess the world, and not love it; how to hold it in my hand, and not let it get into my heart." --Thomas Watson, in, "The Ten Com-mandments"]