All the days of my life.
Psalm 23 ends with the beautiful words, Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever (verse 6). So often we look at life and all we see is pain and confusion. Our hearts get broken by insensitivity and betrayal and we sense the weight of cynicism pulling us under. There are so many things in this world that serve as heavy discouragements because this earth is ruled by sin. I know it. I see it everyday, and lately, I’ve tasted my share of the bitter taste of disappointment. What do you do when you feel betrayed by God Himself? Or when everything seems to be going against you? It is exactly then that we are invited to die to ourselves more than ever. I don’t like it. I fight against it when it comes down to utterly denying what I desire but I have again made my decision that I am going to trust God’s ways and that I will submit to His will even when it seems almost cruel. I have learned to trust Him because I have seen over time how His faithful, loving hand knows best. Looking back over my life, I can’t help but admit that God was always at work weaving my life into the most exquisite tapestry. I’m telling you, once I saw the beauty and magnificence of His glorious plans for our lives, my whole perspective in regards to suffering changed. That’s why right now, all over again, I choose to trust the gentle, yet sovereign hands of the Almighty. I lay down my understanding and allow Him to show me which path to take. Even when it hurts. Trust me, there’s no other way to the truest fulfillment! I know that He is good and His mercy is forever. He is worth my everything!
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Thank you for your powerful encouragement.