Today's encouragement comes from Isaiah 41:10, where we read these great words:
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
These (above) are very encouraging words. Are we harried today? Do we feel like things are spinning a bit "out of control"? If so, then let us stop, and re-af-firm our humble but real faith in Christ. The Lord will not forsake us. Instead, He will sustain us—especially in our toughest times.
This promise is not for everyone—(although it is held out to everyone). In-stead, it is the exclusive privilege of the true church of Christ. Therefore, let us look to our Savior, the faith we have in Him (which is His gift to us), our baptisms, and our assurance of God's love for us. Let us not look to our cir-cumstances: be they good, or bad.
[Puritan quote of the day: " . . . Get your self-love mortified, even religious self-love.” —William Bridge, in, "A Lifting Up for the Downcast"]