Surely goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life...
How awesome would it be to know without a doubt that good pursues you? What if, try as you might, you couldn’t get away from this goodness chasing you down, tackling you with a hug, and giving you a sloppy kiss? It’s funny. This good is chasing us down. But instead of receiving it freely, there are times we deny it by trying to earn it. Think about it: If you could even begin to place a monetary value on it at all, how much would you pay to make sure you have a good day today? What would you give away? What sacrifice would you make? I think we all know this kind of hypothetical transaction is purely imaginary. And yet, I find myself and others looking for a way to make this purchase. We give money, we share our belongings, we pray faithfully, we read our Bibles from cover to cover. All the while, in the back of our minds, working out this transaction with God where our praying, giving, doing obligates Him to do what we want when we want. We equate goodness with getting our way. And if we are not master of all we survey after we worked through our spiritual to-do list? Now, that’s bad. Just awful. But goodness and unfailing love is not something we can buy and own. It is the God we can know. He is good. He loves us. He pursues us, turning all things to good in the end. Good in your life has been paid for. He’s ready to pour it out generously all over you.
Are you running from God’s goodness that’s pursuing you by trying to earn it through your own efforts? Stop and let Him wrap you up in His arms.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!