What Makes Life Wonderful
“What a wonderful world it would be,” say the words of the song. While the singer concludes that this blissful condition will occur if his sweetheart returns his affections, the Bible has a different perspective. See if these conditions wouldn’t go a long way toward making the world a “wonderful” place: the emotional life of all people is restored, revived; the naïve, foolish, and morally weak become wise in all their dealings; sadness is replaced by joy in the heart; spiritual vitality is evidenced in the brightness of people’s eyes and countenance; people learn to respect and honor God; wicked acts are replaced by righteous ones; and a knowledge of the ways of God become the most valued and sought after commodity on earth. What kind of impact would these changes make on our world? What impact would they make on you personally?
These changes—whether individually or nationally—come about, Psalm 19 tells us, as a result of internalizing who God is and what God says. God is trustworthy, and he is perfect. Therefore, the impact of an individual, a nation, a world, coming to know and be like God would be to dispel from our lives the things that make us untrustworthy. It is our failings, our shortcomings, our sins which create disharmony in our lives and communities. If we took all that God is and all that he has said, as revealed in his laws, statutes, precepts, commands, and ordinances—in short, if we began to honor and reverence him—then his character would change our character. Please note—this is not a self-improvement program. This is doing all that his word says, which is receiving by faith the power of his life in us through the gift of his Holy Spirit. His Spirit provides the continuing motivation for our accepting his will in place of our own.
Consider the impact of learning everything possible from the most trustworthy person you know. Since God is the most trustworthy person anyone can know, the impact of his life on yours (and yours on those around you) will be wonderful indeed.
God’s Promise to You: “I remain trustworthy because of who I am and who you can become.”