Happy New Year! I hope you had special celebrations with family and friends. My husband and I had some time off from work and we greatly enjoyed our family time together! One of the best parts was an overnight getaway at my dad’s cabin during New Year’s. . .
On New Year’s Eve day, I woke up in a reflective mood. It was the last day of 2014 and the day before 2015. I began to rehearse in my mind events from 2014. As I did, I was overcome, once again, by God’s faithfulness. He got us through a difficult year and we came out stronger both in our commitment to Him and to each other as a family. Once I pondered the past, I began to think about the future. What would 2015 look like? Almost immediately, the words from Psalm 23:6 came to my mind.
(By the way, one of the benefits of reading, meditating and memorizing Scripture is that the Holy Spirit is able to bring His truth to your heart and mind just when you need it most.)
The words I memorized of this verse years ago is, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6
I heard the Spirit whisper words of comfort to my soul, “It will be a good year because My goodness and mercy will follow you as you follow me.”
Then I remembered verse one of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”. By very nature and design, a Shepherd is to be followed. Sheep follow their shepherd, trusting that he will lead them to food and shelter and that he will keep them safe along the way.
According to John 10:11, Jesus is your Good Shepherd. You become His sheep, when you follow Him, trusting Him to care for you and provide what you need along life’s path. As you do, you are promised that “Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the LORD and His presence shall be my dwelling place.” Psalm 23:6, Amplified
Isn’t that a comforting promise? As you follow Jesus, His goodness, mercy and unfailing love will follow you! So that means, whatever 2015 brings your way, it is going to be a good year!
- Because God is good
- Because His mercies are new every morning
- Because His faithfulness continues to all generations
- Because His love will never, not in a million years, fail you
- Because He takes excellent care of those who follow Him!!
As 2014 comes to an end and we stand on the cusp of 2015, how comforting to know, Father, that as I follow Jesus, Your goodness, mercy and unfailing love will follow me. Help me to rest in that Lord and to encourage others with it as well. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen
Following Him with you . . . Your Friend in Ministry,