Don’t be afraid, little flock,
for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
Jesus makes this promise to His disciples just after He tells them not to take any thought for their life, because they have a Heavenly Father that has promised to provide for them. In this intimate conversation with His friends, Jesus encourages them to 'seek first His Father's kingdom' and all of their practical needs will be met as well.
Then Jesus wraps up His conversation by declaring today's Scripture verse... "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (ESV) Isn't it wonderful that we don't have to be worried? Isn't it reassuring to know that we don't have to live in fear because God is absolutely delighted to give us His kingdom?
As Jesus says in today's text, we are His little flock. Little lambs can't protect themselves, they can't provide for themselves, they can't manage the cares of daily life. All they can do is live a life close to their shepherd. It is so comforting to know that Jesus is our Great Shepherd and we have no need under His watchful eye.
May each one of us be encouraged today and hear the voice of Jesus speaking deep in our hearts the words that He spoke to His disciples... "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (ESV)