Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 31:14 & 15a, where we read these words:
"But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in Your hand . . . "
This perspective of David (above) is very liberating. Instead of wringing our hands in worry and uncertainty, and concern over whatever the future holds—the wise churchman leaves his or her life completely in God's hands, by faith in Christ. Where *others* are certain to wrap themselves around the axle of the anxieties of the world, and try to draw us into their faithlessness—the sincere believer resists this (natural and easy) tendency.
What is *our* outlook today: one of dark and dismal gloom; or one of hopeful grace (in Jesus)? Easter (as is also true of every Sunday) reminds us that our Redeemer lives, and that we have cause for both hope and rejoicing.
[Puritan quote of the day: "All the church's pangs help forward her deliver-ance.” —Thomas Watson, in, "A Body of Divinity"]