“A man of faith does not live in anticipation of evil”… Dr. Okey Onuzo
When we pray (especially at meetings or gatherings or maybe even personally), we would usually conclude by saying the Grace and the last verse of Psalm 23.
It opens with, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…”
Been thinking upon this for some time now.
It is amazing how people say this so much and yet have a fear of evil/or bad things befalling them.
It says “Surely…” Surely speaks of certainty. It leaves no room for contest.
Our disposition to daily life should be rooted in this confession.
Expecting everyday that good things will happen to us.
Expecting goodness always, and mercy where we do not measure up
It is way way better to expect good to happen than live perpetually in fear of evil.
So, here is my own paraphrase of this wonderful verse of scripture:
“Surely, goodness (good things, people, news, circumstances, favours, tidings, opportunities, blessings and God’s inexhaustible supply) and mercy (covered by the blood of Jesus that speaks better things on my behalf) shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD (sheltered, fed and nourished, clothed, shielded and protected, rested, with absolute peace of mind) forever.” Praise God!
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