Friday, March 11, 2022

Your Father’s Good Pleasure

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32 NKJV).

How does God look at you and me? Does He look upon us with approval or disapproval?

In the Old Testament book of Numbers, we find a blessing that the Lord commanded the priests to pronounce over the children of Israel. This familiar passage shows us who God is and His feelings toward us.

The Israelites were making their way through the wilderness to the Promised Land when God gave these words to Moses: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Numbers 6:11 NKJV).

In fact, God wanted the priests to pronounce this blessing over the people again and again. He wanted it ingrained in their brains and etched on their hearts as they journeyed through the wilderness.

We, too, are in a wilderness of sorts. Like the children of Israel, we are passing through to another place. We all face trials. We all make mistakes. And we all face threats every day.

Of course, there’s the threat of COVID and its variants. But then there are the normal concerns of our lives like our livelihoods, our health, our families, and our future. We are fallen people living in a fallen world, and we’re in need of a lot of help.

Jesus said, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32 NKJV).

The word blessing is a spiritual word, and it’s something that only a child of God can experience. Another way to translate the word blessed is “happy.” So if you have Christ in your heart, you can be a happy person.

God wants to bless us and loves to bless us. Isn’t that great to know?

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