Goodness and Mercy

Do you ever have those moments in life where you wanted something to go a certain way, and so you thought that that is how it’s going to be…and then it doesn’t work out that way? Or you’re still waiting for it to work out? That’s where I am right now. 

One morning, when I was doing my devotions, I was really upset with God that he wasn’t doing what I wanted! I was angry that He wasn’t carrying out MY plan for my life. When I took a step back, I realized how ludicrous that is.

But isn’t that so true?

We want God to carry out the plan that we have for our lives, pray that it happens, and call that trusting in God. Hello, that’s the complete opposite!

I realized that I should be honored and humbled that I get to carry out God’s plan for my life. How incredible is that?

In my bible study group, our theme verse is Psalm 23. Verse 6 in Psalm 23 is this: “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”.

Isn’t that just an overwhelming idea, that this is a promise that God has given to us?

So why doesn’t it feel like that all the time?

Well, it’s because our idea of goodness and mercy is sometimes completely different than what God says it is. We don’t know what true, unblemished, goodness and mercy is because we are such finite creatures. So of course, our idea of goodness and mercy is going to be completely different than God’s.

But we need to trust God in that difference.

And we can, because nothing happens that God doesn’t orchestrate.

So I just want to encourage you, reader, that even if you feel like your life is falling apart, or you’re having a hard time transitioning into this season of life that God has you in, God has goodness and mercy in store for you. It will look very different than you think it will, but it is going to be so so good that you can’t even begin to comprehend how good it’s going to be.

So, reader, take heart.

- Mackenzie Irick

(Promotions Team Member)

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