Today's encouragement comes from Luke 1:79, where we read these words:
" . . . To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Do our souls sometimes feel like they are in darkness, and the shadow of death? Do we on occasion find ourselves in turmoil, and struggle? If so, let us recognize that this is not abnormal in a fallen world. What *is* extraordinary is the "light" of Christ, and the "peace" He gives us—even while we are in an-guish of heart.
At times, life is just downright difficult. There is an answer, however—and it is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are saved by grace through faith in Him, then let us comfort ourselves with the knowledge that God does indeed love us, and that His designs toward us are all for our good and betterment.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Make it your earnest request to God, that He will give you a heart to love Him.” —Thomas Watson, in, "All Things for Good"]