The Good Life
"Be vigilant, listen obediently to these words that I command you so that you'll have a good life, you and your children, for a long, long time, doing what is good and right in the eyes of God, your God." -Deuteronomy 12:28
What is the good life? It seems in our culture that a good life is defined as being filled with money, fame, and unconditional recognition. This seems as though it's the good life... but, is it?
"The good life begins in the fear of God - do that and you'll know the blessing of God. His Hallelujah lasts forever!" -Psalm 111:10 The Israelites spent years in the desert, 40 to be exact, learning how to trust in and be obedient to God. They lived from one day day to the next, with just that day's bread for food. But, after many years and many failed tests, a new generation of Israelites got to enter the Promised Land and have the 'good life' they had wanted and waited for for so long.
How can we have this good life as Christians?
"Even though a person sins and gets by with it hundreds of times throughout a long life, I'm still convinced that the good life is reserved for the person who fears God, who lives reverently in his presence, and that the evil person will not experience a "good" life. No matter how many days he lives, they'll all be as flat and colorless as a shadow - because he doesn't fear God." -Ecclesiastics 8:12
Being right with God brings the good life. Staying within the boundaries of His teachings and commands brings the good life. Doing right by others, and not believing Satan's lies about us brings about God's goodness in our lives.
Are you experiencing the good life today? Ask God if there are any areas in your life where He is teaching you to bring you into the good life. God desires that all of His children experience this good life through serving, worshipping, and loving Him.
Related resource: Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, by Joel Osteen