Living the Blessed Life
The Bible says the fool has said in his heart there is no God. Indeed, such a person is a fool. But I believe there is an even greater fool. It is the one who believes in God, but proceeds to live his life as if God does not exist. The greatest fool in my estimation is the person who believes God created him and the entire world and then, for the most part, ignores God. That is the worst way to live!
Instead of ignoring God as we insist on figuring things out with our minds, worrying and becoming frustrated in the process, we should learn to turn to Him for divine guidance. He invites us to turn to Him for wisdom and to allow Him to order our steps. We can trust God’s guidance because it is based on total knowledge of the past, present, and future.
Speaking through Solomon, the wisest man to live before Christ, God offers a proposal for us to live by. In fact, I consider the life he proposes the best life possible. It takes advantage of the love, wisdom and power of God in ways that will cause us to walk in righteousness and experience a huge amount of emotional peace and physical joy daily.
Here are his inspired words of advice for any person wanting to live their best life.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your inner self. Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled completely, and your vats will overflow with new wine. (Proverbs 3:5-10 NET)
Notice the amazing promises of health, abundance and refreshing that a godly lifestyle leads to. Indeed, godliness is profitable, having promise both in this life and the one to come. Alternatively, whether through ulcers, frustrations, or substance abuse, a wicked lifestyle adversely affects our health and the quality of life.
There is a better way to live. It is live each day by trusting the Lord with all our hearts and acknowledging Him in all our ways. This is often difficult for us because most people would rather live as they please, and ask for God’s help only occasionally. We are either too proud or too stubborn to admit we are incapable of running our lives properly and that we need to consult God in everything for His wisdom and power.
But the blessed life Solomon describes is available to you and to all who will humble themselves before God by acknowledging Him in all their ways. By acknowledging your need for daily guidance, and recognizing God’s presence, position, and power over you and your circumstances, you create the channel for Him to come through to lead you daily in the path of righteousness, peace and joy.
If you have not been doing so, I encourage you to start acknowledging the Lord, in all your ways, so that you can start enjoying the benefits of having God direct your paths. You can start living the blessed life today, if you choose.