Constant Love and Care
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
Many people cannot enjoy life because they are constantly worried about what tomorrow might bring. They worry about their job, about their health, will the doctor tell me I have cancer. When our life is not going well we begin to question God’s care. Our natural reaction to trials is fear, worry and to ask “why?” We begin to think He really doesn’t know what He is doing with me. We get tempted to panic and want to run from His care. We get the idea we can survive better on our own
When our health breaks down, someone is taken from us in death, we lose our security, we cannot meet our bills or our kids are going in the wrong direction we can wonder where God is. But His goodness is pursuing you.
Many people live in fear of tomorrow But Jesus aid, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” When you know that the Lord is your Shepherd, you know, “Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” This brings peace and confidence. The Hebrew text indicates that the goodness and mercy pursue us.
“Surely” No guess work, no doubts, no wondering, no hesitation, no question marks, It is not I hope it will, or “I think it will” or “maybe” or “perhaps”, goodness will follow me, but David is certain and has absolutely no doubt about it he says, “Surely!” David believes and expects God’s goodness and mercy to follow him every day of his life. God is always at work even when we do not comprehend what is happening. We don’t always understand His infinite wisdom. God’s promise assures me that He is covering all areas of my life; He misses nothing, He knows all possible outcomes. Surely means it is a certainty. When we go through times of confusion, discouragement and depression we can be sure that means we can be secure. We only become insecure when we forget how much God loves us. When the Lord is your shepherd He is for you. Psalm 56:9 When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.
Since the Lord is our Shepherd, we need not let fear and or let worry rob us of joy. We can take refuge in His goodness and mercy. Like David, we can be confident, even though we do not deserve it, He will take care of us always.
Goodness – Loving-kindness
God’s goodness means God blesses us with what we don’t deserve. Goodness blesses us with heaven; mercy keeps us out of hell. We deserve judgement but his goodness protects us from it. Goodness heals us when we are sick. The goodness of God means we can look forward to good things from him. We can look to the future with hope. Psalm100:5 “For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”
God always does us good to make us a better person. When we ask for something sometimes he says yes, sometimes no and sometimes wait. Sometimes things will do us more harm than good so he says no. David has needed his soul restored, direction, help with fear and assurance of God’s presence.
Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Even in our toughest times God moulds us into the people He wants us to be.
Those things which would prove to be detrimental to our good have been kept from us. God takes all the positive and the negatives and works them together for “good.” God arranges and controls all things in order to make it work together for good for his child. Everything in the life of the Christian is designed for accomplishing the “good” God has planned for us.
Sometimes it takes time to see the “good” which God purposes for us. We don’t see the future He does. It will involve being tested perhaps by suffering, as the “good.” For our holiness.
God makes “all things” work together for our ultimate good this includes difficulties, obnoxious people, the things people say about us, bad circumstances, hardship, it includes our failures and our sins, our innocent suffering, our stupidity.
When Satan’s attacks and seeks to harm us God bring good out of it and we grow in faith. God makes, “all things” even the smallest things as well as the major decisions and actions, work together for our good because he is a good God.
God causes all things to work together for our good, for Joseph, for Moses, for David, for Jesus, and he will for you. He will bring good out of bad.
When our life is not going well we begin to question God’s care. Our natural reaction to trials is fear, worry and to ask “why?” We begin to think He really doesn’t know what He is doing with me. We get tempted to panic and want to run from His care. We get the idea we can survive better on our own
When our health breaks down, someone is taken from us in death, our job folds, we cannot meet our bills or our kids are going in the wrong direction we can wonder where God is…. But His goodness is not far behind!
Mercy – lovingkindness.
God’s mercy means He shows us His lovingkindness. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Mercy is God holding back the judgment we do deserve because Jesus experienced it in our place. Mercy is letting us free and forgiving us because Christ bore our sin and judgment on Calvary. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That’s his mercy in action. God loves you unconditionally, just as you are, but He loves you too much to let you stay as you are. He wants to change you, make you a better person. He loves you. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. This is love, this is mercy beyond words.
I Timothy 1:15-16 “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life”. That’s mercy.
His mercy is not just in the past and the present mercy also follows us all the days of our lives. He will be merciful to us in the future. It pursues us always. He is a merciful God.
David says, goodness, mercy, loving-kindness and abundant provisions follow us daily. God cares for his sheep, He anticipates our needs, has provision for them before we ask. The Lord’s sheep are pursued by His two sheepdogs, goodness and mercy.
Both the goodness and mercy of the Lord manifest his love toward us. While these two principles are closely related, their operation is along different lines. David knew the Great Shepherd was caring for him, David that he would not suffer want, that he would experience no need, when he needed green pastures, and still waters, when he needed the restoration of his soul, and led in paths of righteousness. He knew God’s presence in the valley of the shadow of death, the provision of the table in the wilderness, the rod to beat away the enemies and the staff to comfort him. He knew God would anoint his head, to protect him in the heat of the day and refresh him with His Spirit. David had confidence that this would be true all the days of his life. That’s God’s mercy. He also does the same for us. He pursues us he same way. We can say with David, and with equal confidence, “I shall not want.”
“Follow me ll the days of my life”
Heb 13:5 Be content with what you have; for God Himself has said, “I will never, never let go your hand: I will never never forsake you.”
God does not give up on us. He never lets us go. His goodness and mercy follow us because He loves us. Even when we doubt or are fearful, even when we make mistakes or are discouraged, He follows us with goodness and mercy. He even pursues the back-sliden and cold Christian, because he is good and merciful. He draws them back to Himself. Nothing in life or death, no trouble, no heartache, no disaster, no demons not even Satan can separate us from His love. In good days and bad His goodness and mercy pursue us. David say they pursue us today tomorrow and in the future. Whatever David faced he chose to have complete confidence in God. He was confident that goodness and mercy followed him even when he could not see them.
Our Future Home
Vs 6 “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
John 14:1-3 Jesus said to his disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in Me.” The heart is the mind. He says don’t start worrying. He does not want us to be troubled, or worried or agitated. The disciples are already allready perplexed. Their emotions are all over the place. That’s what happens when you worry or are deeply troubled. Everything seems to be falling apart. Life is in an upheaval. Fear, depression and gloom can set in. The prospect of Jesus Christ dying and leaving, left alone troubled them deeply. They had been confused they thought Jesus was going to establish the kingdom of God then but now he talks about dyeing. Their hopes dreams were shattered. He still offers them this comfort.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions”. When God created the heavens and the magnificent galaxies, the amazing stars there were none good enough for his sheep. Modern man spends billions of money to try and find a star that we can inhabit. He is looking for another home. He has not found one. The Lord Jesus comforts his disciples and tells them of a special place he is building for his people. There is nowhere else in the universe like it. This promise is comforting. Jesus is saying no planet, no galaxy, no universe is good enough for my people, I will make them a special place, just tailored for them. I will design it and build it. The conditions will be perfect. That is our destination, HOME.
His goodness and mercy have pursued us all the way, to bring us to the Father. It is beyond words, beyond our dreams. All our labours and trials will then be over—no more sorrow, no more sighing, no more tears. But there will be work to do. The Good Shepherd will lead us to the fold, the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world.—Matt. 25:34
“My Father’s house.”
Verse 2, “In My Father’s house are many mansions (dwelling places.) If it were not so I would have told you so.” I am not lying to you. You can trust me. Jesus came from there to reveal the Father to us. Heaven is a place of “MANSIONS” it is a lasting, permanent, and eternal dwellings. We live here in temporary bodies or tents, that change and decay, that will corrupt and die. Heaven is our eternal dwelling place. “Here we have no continuing city.” (Heb. 13:14.) Jesus said, I promise you I will come again and take you there.
The word home is sweet to all of us. Heaven is “a Father’s house,” Jesus says, “I go to my Father, and your Father.” It is HOME, the home of Christ and Christians. Home is the place where we are loved and wanted and cared for. A place we love to be and we are always welcome. This is one idea of heaven. Believers are in a strange land, and at school, in this life. In the life to come they will be at home.
We love to go home after a hard day. The soldier loves to come home from the war, the sailor can’t wait until his ship docks so that he can go home to be with his family. It brings tears of joy to their eyes. Big men cry.
Home is not a building it is where those we love are. It may be one bedroom and one living room but it’s where our loved ones are. The father’s house is where our brothers and sisters are. It is called the Fathers house or heaven. It is a family of millions who dwell there along with God and the angels. It is the family of God. A great home awaits us.
There are “many mansions.” Heaven is very spacious. It has multitudes of redeemed people there, millions of angels which no man can number. There is plenty of room!
“Where I am, ye shall be also.” It is where Jesus is. We will be in His presence.
After his resurrection, He spent forty days among his disciples, the could see the evidence. His body is real. We also will see him, we will hear him, we will see our loved ones.
And He will come again when we die, or in his Second Advent, “to receive us” to Himself. Then our hearts will not be troubled. It is “far better” than the best that earth could offer.
“My Father’s house” is heaven. Heaven is called a country, emphasizing its vastness. Heaven is also called a city, because of the large number of inhabitants. Heaven is called a kingdom because it’s a structured ordered thing. And heaven is also called a paradise because of its beauty. It’s called a country, a city, a kingdom, and a paradise. It is called our home, “My Father’s house.”
Vs 3 “And if I go and prepare a special place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there ye may be also.” “I go to PREPARE a place for you.” Heaven is a prepared place for a peculiar (special) people, a place Christ is making ready for His “bride” the church. It’s a place of rest, a place to relax. A place without wars. A place of many dwelling places. A place for all of us. There is enough for everybody. Rev. 21:16, “And the city lieth foursquare and the length is as large as the breadth and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.” Now that’s 1500 miles approximately, 1500 miles in every direction of a cube. Two million, two hundred and fifty thousand square miles. It could hold thirty times the population of our world right now and still have plenty of room to spare. .
Revelation 21: 1-2, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away and there was no more sea.” “And I, John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven say, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men.'” God is living with man and that is in the Father’s house, we’re all there. “And He will dwell the house of the Lord forever” Gods people will be with Him. God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away.” In the Father’s house He takes care of all the hurts and the needs of the children, He eternally drives them away. Jesus went up there just to get it ready for us.
Rev 21:18, “And the building of the wall of heaven was of jasper and the city was pure gold like clear glass.” This is a new material that he makes. “And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation is sapphire, jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprasus, jacinth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls.” Each one of the gates was one pearl, giant pearls. This is an amazing city built for us. It is a city, a golden, transparent, diamond city with diamond walls and light from the Lamb’s glory flashing through the coloured jewels and forming a spectacle of dazzling beauty and no defile and glory all over the place.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you.” That’s one of the things our Lord is doing now, he’s praying for the saints, he’s acting as their advocate, and he’s preparing a place for them. Jesus is just getting it ready for us. He says, “If it were not so I would have told you.” That’s so good. “Trust Me, I’ve always told you the truth.”
“Where I am, ye shall be also.”
We shall see his face, and be for ever with Him. The Good Shepherd will bring us home. The past life is over but the future holds wonderful things. Christ as a real visible person in the glory of Divine manhood.
The Good Shepherd knows the Way Home.
Vs 6, “Jesus saith unto them, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Follow me I am the way. I’m coming to get you and take you there. Don’t worry about how to get up there.