Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
One of the most incredible attributes of God is His omnipresence. It’s means He is everywhere at one and the same time. He’s everywhere in space, and He’s everywhere in time. No matter where we look, He is there. For the child of God that is an incredible reality. In ways that we can’t fully grasp, believers were all chosen by God in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). David considered the wonder of all this with these words: “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them (Psalm 139:5).” God is the only being that was present before anything that was created was present. He was already there in the beginning, for “in the beginning WAS the Word (John 1:1).” And He is just as present in the future. He knows everything about it and He is in sovereign control over it.
I recall a time many years ago as my step-daughter was approaching her teen years when I was praying for her. I was concerned about what the future held for her. I was troubled about it for whatever reason that morning. But then, as I prayed, these wonderful words came to my mind, again from Psalm 139: “You have beset (her) behind and before, and laid your hand upon (her).” What a comfort this was, to realize that God’s hand was upon her now, as it would be every day in the future.
So often I think about living the Christian life as a “following after” God, as Jesus told his disciples “Follow me.” But then as the words above tell us, our God also follows us. As a shepherd watches over his sheep, including those that wander, so our Lord watches over us. We can’t go anywhere or be in any situation where He doesn’t see us. He pursues us, never to harm us, but to bless us with His goodness and mercy. Because of this, the Christian never need fear the future, for surely the goodness and mercy of God will follow him or her there. As Paul told us with these wonderful words from Romans 8:28: “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” And “all things” means just that, all things from the past, present, and future – for our God is present everywhere and in sovereign control of it all.