4th March 2011

Do Goodness And Mercy Follow You?

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…”
Psalm 23:6  (NKJV)

When I was growing up in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, the farmers eagerly awaited what the American Indians had named the ‘Chinook Wind’.  This was a warm and gentle wind, melting away the winter snow into refreshing rivers of water for the thirsty land and warming the fertile soil to grow the next season’s crops.  A Chinook was followed by encouragement and the hope of a good harvest to come.

A hurricane or tornado, however, rushes angrily through, leaving damage and despair.  Isaiah 59:7 speaks of people like this:  “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Wasting and destruction are in their paths.  The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways; They have made themselves crooked paths; Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.”

What follows when WE pass by and touch others’ lives?  Do goodness and mercy follow us?  Do our words and actions leave others encouraged and hopeful, or feeling put down, angry, discouraged and miserable?  James tells of those who pass by those in need, saying ‘be warmed and filled’ but neglecting to help.  He says faith without works is dead—nothing good follows.  Proverbs 4:18 tells us that, “The path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.”  So does our example inspire others to follow with more goodness and mercy?

You might ask, “If I were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict me?”!

O Lord, my Spiritual Shepherd, in your goodness and mercy, help me to leave goodness and mercy in your name wherever I go.

Study by Nancy Silcox

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