by John Michalak
You shall do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD; that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to your fathers.
Some people won’t swim in the ocean for fear of sharks. They hear reports of shark attacks and, despite knowing that such attacks are by far the exception and not the rule, they still won’t go in.
Some people look at obedience to God this way. Much of Scripture says—remain faithful to God, obey Him—and your life will go well.
But, then we hear about the exceptions. Kate is such a good person, but the economy just bankrupted her. Jeremy ate right and exercised, but he was still taken by cancer. What’s the point of living right, when life can still treat you so unfairly?
But these are the exceptions, not the rule. Most often, when you live for God, your life will be stable and prosperous. Just because this doesn’t happen for everyone, shouldn’t be a reason not to try.
Whether you experience joy or sorrow, you can trust that the ruler of the universe still knows what He’s doing. That, even if your life were to end tomorrow, God still promises it will be well—that you’ll dwell in a good land with Him for eternity.
So, don’t be ruled by the exception. Trust this God who offers you peace and prosperity.