STRESSBUSTERS: God’s Antidote To Fearing The Future 3
“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6 (KJV)
I CAN FACE THE FUTURE CONFIDENTLY BECAUSE HEAVEN IS WAITING FOR ME!
“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
That’s one of the most important little connections we see in the Bible. It connects yesterday and today with tomorrow.
God says, “I’ve got this great life planned for you and surely goodness and mercy will follow you through it, BUT that’s not the end!
David ends this Psalm by saying “We’re going to heaven!” Jesus saves the best until last. With God it just keeps getting better and better. The best is yet to come. “We know that our body…will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a house for us. It will not be a house made my human hands; instead, it will be a home in heaven that will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 5:1 (NCV)
How long is forever going to last? Forever! Someday your body is going to die, but you aren’t. Your body is going to end but that’s not going to be the end of you.
You’re going to live forever in one of two places — heaven or hell. They are both real places. You will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Your body is going to die but you’re not going to die. We were made to last forever.
Why are Christians the most confident people about the future? “We look forward with confidence to our heavenly bodies…And we are not afraid, but are quite content to die, for then we will be at home with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6, 8 (LB)
Death, for Christians, is a transfer, a promotion. It’s on to better things. No more problems. You’re not ready to live until you’re ready to die.
You don’t know how to live until you’re ready to die. Only a fool would go all through life, totally unprepared for something that everybody knows is inevitable. You’re going to die. Someday. If we have accepted Christ we’re going to go to heaven.
When you face the future, what do you see? Do you look at it with eyes of doubt? With eyes of cynicism? With eyes of expecting the worse? You have two choices in life: You can either face the future as a cynic, a doubter, with negative thoughts, expecting the worse.
Or you can face the future expecting God to be with you and His goodness and His mercy to follow you all the days of your life. It is amazing how much better life gets when you start to actively look for God’s goodness and God’s mercy in every experience. It’ll change your life.
We’re concluding Psalm 23 with this post. In Psalm 23 we have seen how much God loves you. We’ve seen how much God cares for you, how He says “I want to be your shepherd.”
What’s the bottom line of this Psalm? What have we learned? If I summed it up in one sentence, it’s this: Jesus is all you need. You don’t need anything else.
As I looked at the psalm I summarized it like this:
If I know the shepherd, I don’t have to fear anything. I don’t need to fear poverty because the Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need. I don’t need to fear loneliness, for He is with me. I don’t need to fear mistakes, for He guides me on the right path. I don’t need to fear failure, for He restores my soul. I don’t need to fear the future, because goodness and mercy are going to follow me all the days of my life. I don’t even need to fear death, because I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
God is beneath me in green pastures. He is beside me in still waters. He is with me in the valley. He is around me in the presence of my enemies. He’s upon me anointing my head with oil. He is before me leading me in the right paths. He is behind me, surely goodness and mercy will follow me. He’s even beyond me in heaven. I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
What more could you want? That covers it all.
Jesus is all you need. The good shepherd provides protection, provision, peace, providence, companionship (His presence), and paradise. That wraps it all up!