To Ponder:

“He will feed His flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to His heart.” Isaiah 40:11. Dwell upon the love and tenderness of our Lord Jesus! Notice who are the objects of His care: “the lambs,” which means not only those of tender age–but also those who have been newly converted; those who are young in Christian experience; and also those whose temperament is naturally timid, whose strength is feeble, and whose danger is great. Yes, you are the objects of Christ’s special attention, care and solicitude! You are those whom He takes up in the arms of His power, and lays on the bosom of His love! He knows your weakness, your timidity, your dangers! He will exert for you His tenderest sympathy, His greatest vigilance, His mightiest power. This expression however not only conveys the idea of great care of the weak–but the exercise of that care with a view to their preservation and growth. It means not only that He will cordially receive them, provide for their safety, be concerned for their comfort, and accommodate His conduct to their needs–but He will also nourish them through their infant existence, and raise them up to maturity and strength. (John Angell James, The Christian’s Progress)

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