The Real Good Life

Proverbs 23:17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always.

Have you ever seen a sinner who seemed happy living life apart from God?  They do what they want and there never seems to be any consequences for them.  Everything seems to go their way.  We try to live a life of discipline and a struggle.  They do not and succeed.  Things are not always as they seem.  First, a lot of these people are not as happy as they seem.  They put on a good face to hide their misery.  Second, their success will only last so long.  Eventually, our sin catches up with us, if we do not deal with it.  We should not envy them.  They are not living the good life.

Instead, we are to live in the fear of the Lord.  We need to live a life of obedience of His law.  The law and rules God said up are for our best.  God set them up for our good.  When we live in fear of God, His law protects us from evil.  It protects us from the consequences of our sin.  We are truly living the good life, which God intended for us.  He made us to worship and obey Him.  We are programmed for this.  When we do what we are meant to do, we have a hole in our lives which we cannot satisfy.  Only by doing what God intended us to do, will we feel that hole.  This is the good life.

Dear God, thank you for Your grace, which lifts me back up when I fall.  Help me to not envy the wicked, but desire You and You alone.  Your way is the best.  Help me to trust that way and trust You.  Help me to live in fear of You.  Amen.

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