Do you ever feel like you are being chased down by problems? Do you ever feel like no matter where you go in life you are being stalked by negativity? There is no doubt that the enemy likes to follow and persecute believers and non-believers. He has some in the palm of his hand and he tries to get ahold of the ones that are not under his yoke. Believers just like any non-believer can be under the control of the opposition. I used to believe that once I got saved I was “adversity-free.” What a misconception I had! That idea falls under the self-righteousness category in a way. The only way we can make it as believers is to stay in the Lord and live out the reality that He is the way, the truth and the life. One promise that holds true is that despite of the spite of the enemy, God’s goodness and mercy will follow us. It will find us sometimes before the enemy does or it will rescue us from the hand of the enemy at the right time. God’s goodness and mercy are available to everyone and He should be praised for that every day.
Before I accepted the Lord into my life everything was a mess. I was young but I knew very well what a messed-up life looked like. I honestly didn’t see a way out and I thought this was how my life was going to be. I believed that other people were more blessed than I was and I just had to accept it. What a miserable way to be at such a young age! There are millions of people with that same mindset around the world. I don’t blame any of them. I know how bad it feels. When I found the Lord, it looked more like He came to me and got me out of my suffering. I didn’t know I was looking for Him until He showed up if that makes sense. I didn’t realize He was what I had been longing for as a teenager. Getting saved and getting acquainted with Him changed my life. God’s goodness and mercy interrupted the circle of bad luck and doom I had been stuck in. I wasn’t a believer but yet His goodness and mercy followed me and found me down in the alley of despair and misery.
If you are a believer today, don’t forget that you were once a non-believer who was chased by God’s goodness and mercy (unless you were born into Christianity and that doesn’t always mean you believe). His love for you and His grace saved the day. His grace was the most amazing gift in your life. Now, remember that His goodness and His mercy that once transformed your life are still following you. The Lord made a promise that “Surely His goodness and mercy will follow you all of your life and you will stay in His house forever.” * You might need to be reminded at times to go back to His house. You might need to realize that His goodness and mercy are here to stay. Problems might be running after you but so are God’s goodness and mercy and they will win the race. They will catch up to you eventually. Don’t give up and don’t give in. There are blessings following you today. They are right behind you and you need to stay in faith because they will be before you when you least expect it. They will be right in your face and you won’t be able to miss them. Praise the Lord for His goodness and mercy. They are not going anywhere!
Suggested reading: Psalm 23:6; Psalm 27:4; 2 Corinthians 5:1