Jane’s HEART TO HEART….. The Pastor’s Helpmate
This is a strong statement of trust. As we have studied Psalm 23 the stress has been placed on following and trusting the Shepherd. All of this is capsulized in this verse. How many of you today feel the way that David the Psalmist expressed here? (repeat verse).
To quote Keller again (p.128) “of course it is very easy to speak this way when things are going well….. when the body breaks down… when I stand by helpless, as I have had to do and watch a life partner die by degrees under appalling pain?… When my job folds and there is no money… When my children can’t make the grade in school… Or run with the wrong crowd… When, without grounds friends turn against me? ‘ ….Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.’ These times can test a person’s confidence in the care of Christ. Is this sheer humbug and maddening mockery?”
There may be times when you may want to give up, but God will not give up on you. Despite your doubts and fears you will see the goodness and mercy and you can know that you are truly in Christ’s care. Nothing can come upon you without eventual good coming out of the chaos.This can be the Great foundation of our faith.
I John 3:16 says… “I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.”
Having attended many funerals lately and witnessing what people leave as an heritage… I have to ask myself, what are my relatives going to find as they scramble for memories about my life. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of them that bring good tidings, that publishes peace…” Is. 52:7.
Look at your life and ask yourself…. What am I leaving behind for others to be pointed to a Christ of ‘goodness and mercy’?
Do I leave behind turmoil or peace?
Do I leave bitterness or forgiveness?
Do I leave conflict or contentment?
Do I leave frustration or JOY?
Do I leave bitterness and resentment or love ?
Do I leave loved ones who don’t know Christ or those whom I have won to Christ?
..Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”