“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6
I don’t know about you, but sometimes saying the first part of this verse feels like the complete opposite of the reality of my life. Goodness and love? No, I didn’t see that anywhere around here today!! It can be hard to remember that a relationship with God doesn’t eliminate all the bad stuff in the world around us, it just gives us the hope and encouragement to keep stepping in the right direction regardless of the challenges.
This verse isn’t a cocky statement meant to boast the stuff we have through our relationship with God, but a confidently calm statement that we are assured that God has our best interests at heart and really truly and honestly does care about each and every one of us. The difference is in the heart.
It’s one thing to be confident in God’s love of you, it’s another thing to be arrogant about how He’s going to spare you of all pain and suffering because of that love, which isn’t realistic. Just because you’re saved by Grace doesn’t mean that the pain and suffering in the verses before this one won’t be there. As I was writing in my spiritual newsletter for this weekend, the good stuff isn’t an all-the-time, anytime thing. Sometimes we have to wait for the good stuff, or even harder, get through the bad/tough stuff before we can get to the good stuff.
We’re not good with delayed gratification but whether we want to or not, sometimes we have to be patient and let the days take their courses. However, we have the absolute, guaranteed home with these verses that there will be good times again. No matter how bad things get if we trust in God there will be good stuff again for us.