Austin Sparks, Christian Ministry, Christianity, Daily Devotional

October 14

14 OCT – The Father’s Good Pleasure

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

God has never promised that we should be exempt from these perils and these dangers. He has not said, ‘You will never suffer, you will never be tried’. No. He has promised us nothing short of: “In the world ye have tribulation” (John 16:33). But He has said, ‘When these things come, do not forget that it is never to be interpreted as indicating that I am disposed toward you otherwise than in this way of goodwill, good pleasure’.

We have to meet, then, our difficulties and go through our trials and believe that in them God’s will is good and perfect and acceptable. It is all in the good pleasure of His will. And is it not true that it just works out like that? We sometimes feel, ‘Oh, that it might never have been, that this might never have been’, and afterward we say, ‘God meant it for good; the outcome is good, not evil; I did not see it, I could not see it, but it was the good pleasure of His will’. “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. Rough handling, but it is good will. Many an adversity, but the goodwill is looking over it all and following the whole course. I can say this out of my own coward heart that knows only too well what it means to wonder whether the will of God is always good. The Gospel begins with goodwill, and it develops and unfolds to a vast fullness encompassing all ages, the good pleasure of His will.

So He says, “little flock”. He immediately, in so saying, admitted that His flock would be very small in comparison. They would be very full of suffering, because they were going the way of the Lamb, ‘following the Lamb whithersoever he goeth’. A “little flock”. But ‘fear not, small, despised, persecuted flock; fear not!’ In the midst of all that comes upon the world, remember, it is the Lamb who has everything in hand, and He has it all in hand with a view to having with Him the company of which we read in Revelation 14: “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. It is “the good pleasure of his will”.

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