Is there differences of opinion in what the “good life” really is today? In my next two blogs, the WORD Detective will attempt to uncover the TRUTH and evidence of “Discovering the Good Life”.
Even when I was very small child, music has always been a part of my life. My mother told me that when I was three years of age, I use to stand facing the radio in our home, trying to direct the symphony orchestra with a spoon in my hand. I still sometimes recreate this scene, except without the spoon and not quite as demonstrative. In preparing for looking into the WORD about the good life, an old Tony Bennet song and lyric came into my thoughts. THANK YOU Jesus!
—“Oh, the Good Life”—
“Oh the good life, full of fun seems ideal. Mm, the good life lets you hide all the sadness you feel. You won’t really fall in love for you can’t take a chance. So please be honest with yourself, don’t try to fake romance.”
“It’s the good life, to be free and explore the unknown. Like the heartaches when you learn you must face them alone.”
I Love the tune but the lyrics come from the world’s opinion of what the GOOD LIFE is about; the words don’t tells us how to enjoy “the Good Life” or how do we get there. “Full of fun that seems ideal”, or “the GOOD LIFE lets you hide your sadness” and “to be free and explore the unknown” or how about when you are in “the good life“, your “heartaches” won’t be there and it will prevent you from facing them alone.” Now that sounds really ideal, but is it a reality in according to the world’s idea? Frankly, if someone or something tells me what “Discovering the Good Life” is all about, without telling me how to get there, I will probably say it’s just a dream. Then what can you get the truths from?
What does God’s Word say about “Discovering the Good Life”? Turn in your Bibles to the Book of Psalms, I will start there.
Psalm 16:11, “You [the Lord] will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”
Now to me personally, that verse in Psalm 16 uncovers the truth about what a GOOD Life is all about.
a). There is a path that leads us to the good life.
b). You have to discover that path first before getting to your destination.
“Path of Life”
Definition of a PATH or PATHWAY: “A way or passage, a course laid out by another.”
You will not be able to find the pathway without being “in Your presence“. In other words, you can’t find it without Him and when He shows you the path, you will know it! No doubts! How will you know? Because His word says there will be a “fullness of joy” and “pleasures forever“. Then that must mean if I am on the wrong PATH, there will be an absence: of joy and pleasure. That would be “YES”.
When you are in the WORD, you are in His presence. Have you been missing that TRUTH?
Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, BUT…” Always remember when there is a “BUT” at the end of a phrase, it means you are to “zero out” what was just mentioned.
“…BUT at the end of it is the way [the PATH] of death.”
There is a fork in the road; a “way” that seems right to take but which one? The “way” that leads to a good life or one that leads you to destruction?
“Unearned favor” is God’s gift of Grace.
Turn to the New Covenant, Ephesians 2 and read verses 6-10. I’ll wait… Every good and perfect thing comes from God.
Verse 6-7 tells us that “He raised us up together” with Jesus and “made us sit down together.” Verse 7 goes on to tell us why He did this for us who believe:
“..to clearly demonstrate through the ages to come His…”
a). “Immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches…”
By “His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart.”
b). His grace is “free”. “It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can take the glory”. Amplified
c). God has designed your path out for you so that you can walk in discovery (Verse 10). “…He prearranged and made ready for us to live”, the Good Life.
Now if I am going to go down a “rabbit hole” to find something wonderful, and being somewhat skeptical of what might be there, it would be nice to know the benefits. Who will help me in “Discovering the Good Life” while I am looking for it? The answers of course are found in Scripture.
I Corinthians 2:9-10 “BUT, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the BENEFITS He has bestowed]. Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them [His BENEFITS] by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].”
The answers are all there in those two verses of I Corinthians concerning the benefits to be found. Look around you and know. It won’t be the “Mad Hatter” who will be your helper in the Good Life; in “Wonderland“.
God not only directs your path but He will also find each step that you take.
I love the next two reference verses in the Book of Psalms referring to the direction of my steps.
“The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord…”
#1. God finds your steps for He has already established them.
“Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down…”
#2. There are and will be things on your journey that will knock you off the paths. BUT…
“…for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.”
#3. When you fall down and skin your knee, get up!
You will need a clear and plain direction on which path to take.
“Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain and even path because of my enemies.”
“Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent (the paths of the destroyer).”
Your mouth sets the path of your life.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
God’s Word will help you find your path like a “flash-lite” in the dark.
“In ALL YOUR WAYS KNOW, recognize, and acknowledge Him and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” Who is in control? You or the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit will reveal the deception in the thing.
“Holy Spirit: Your Unseen Partner”