Daily Devotional: Psalms 34:8-14
8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. 11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:8-12
8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. 11 He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
We all want a good life. That is the American dream and the desire of most who live all over the world. We are promised the right to pursue happiness. The problem with this is that most people look in the wrong place and pursue some kind of temporary happiness but never find true joy or a really good life. This is because true joy is only found in Jesus Christ and a really good life comes only from submitting to God and following his will as revealed in his word.
Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the garden when he told them that wisdom could be found by disobeying God. Moses was tempted to seek his fulfilment in status as royalty, power and earthly wealth but gave it up to serve God. The more we chase after this illusive dream, the more it eludes us. This is because the more we have, the more we believe we must have to be happy. The good life comes when we realize that we must answer to God, so we put our trust in him and his wisdom. Only in total submission to him do we find peace and joy in life.
Heavenly Father I am so thankful that you have revealed yourself to us in Jesus and in your written word. Thank you for making it possible for me to be forgiven of all my sin and to be counted as your child. Help me open my eyes to see Jesus and to remain focused on the things above rather than the things of this world and this life. Use me to serve others in whatever way you know best. Help me see and recognize the abilities you have given me and to use them to your glory but never to be proud or judgmental. Fill me with your love. I pray in Jesus name.