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Back to School - Being Led of the Holy Spirit Part 3Psalms 23:6 "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."
How can making a mistake be a good thing?
Psalms 23 talks about God leading us, but what is God's response when we don't follow Him?
The word "Follow" here in our verse, some scholars suggest, perhaps may be too passive when compared to the original meaning. In the TWOT it seems to have a more aggressive meaning, to "pursue and run after". It is used in the scriptures also to denote the aggressiveness that pharaoh had chasing the Hebrews after they left. Perhaps it should remind you of how when a child is lost and the alarm and pursuit, the amber alerts that happen to find the lost child.
Even when we don't follow the leading of the Spirit of God, his goodness and mercy is there "all the days of my life" pursuing after me with such aggression. He is so aggressive about His mercy and goodness that He came down Himself and became incarnate and dwelt among men, and died (no greater love than this...)!
So when you mess up, and don't follow the Spirit of God, now you get a chance to know the depths of His goodness and mercy. God is pursuing you, just as much, if not more, than you may be pursuing Him.