“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” —Luke 12:32
I can only imagine the shepherds’ fearful faces in Luke 2 when the angel of the Lord appears. Interestingly, the first phrase spoken by the angel, “Do not be afraid,” parallels Jesus’ instructions in today’s devotional verse, “Do not fear.” Has life ever presented you with a situation or circumstance that seemed scary while you were in the moment?
Our 8-year-old son recently used his distressed voice at the end of a very long day to ask, “Are we going to have dinner tonight?” Instead of barking at Zane to be patient (like I may have done before), I replied with “Don’t freak out, son.” This was followed by a reminder that the guy in front of him—his dad—has enjoyed providing dinner each and every one of the 3,100+ nights Zane’s been alive. Granted, it wasn’t as eloquent as Jesus’ words in Luke 12:32, but the message is the same.
The text describes our God as a conscientious Shepherd (“little flock”) and loving Dad (“your Father”) who willfully enjoys (“good pleasure”) lavishing us with all that He is (“give you the kingdom”). Wow! Knowing God allows you to look beyond any intimidating situation to see Him—the King of “the kingdom”—holding a gift with your name on it. What exactly is this Christmas present? An abundant, kingly inheritance of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17)!
Dear God, thank You for sending Christ to earth, providing a way for me to know you personally as Shepherd, Father, and King. I am secure in knowing You tend to my needs and keep watch over me while loving me every step of my life’s journey. This Christmas season and beyond, help me to escape the feelings of fear and intimidation to fully experience the fullness of joy You take pleasure giving to me as Your child. In Jesus’ name, amen.