The Good Life

Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments. – Psalm 112: 1 

Continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 3: 14–15

Perhaps you know someone who is always on course. He never misses a payment. She meets every deadline. She never fails to keep a promise. He is the one everyone looks to with confidence and hope. He will pull his load and more. She will do what she promises. 

Much of what lies behind such a person is a commitment to follow God’s commandments. They honor God first and most. They do not steal. They do not bear false witness. They honor those who have authority over them. As a result they tend to do well in life. It’s not a promise. And sometimes those who really do honor God’s commandments are treated shamefully. Sometimes they outright fail to advance. Still most of the time a decent godly morality brings with it some sense of the good life. 

The key, however, to delighting in God’s commandments, and being faithful has to do with the times when things do not go well with us. When evildoers do evil against us, and sin intrudes, Satan attacks, and our own sinful flesh deceives us, where do we go? 

We go to God, to Jesus’ promises, and to the vindication Jesus received in the resurrection, and the promise he gives to those who believe in him. We will be saved – eternally. And in the mean time we will also find peace and comfort in God’s word, commandments, and promises. These are found in God’s word – the only place where unremitting acted truth is found. 

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