Today's encouragement comes from the lips of our Savior, as these words are found in Luke 12:32:
"Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
There are several gems to be gleaned from this one verse. 1) God's churched children need not fear, (because He has given us everything—even a king-dom). 2) Littleness of size is not to be construed as a negative. (To be in God's "little" flock is better than being in the devil's "big" herd, headed for the slaughter.) 3) The Lord is not compelled to be good to us—He is desirous and willing to be. And 4) The kingdom is among us, in the church, with Jesus as the Head.
Let us be encouraged and strengthened by these gospel truths today. God is very good to His true and dear people.
[Puritan quote of the day: "When a gracious soul trades with God, and sends his ship of prayer to heaven, he never fails of having sweet and rich return.” —Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "Gospel Reconciliation"]