Daily Devotionals
Living the Good Life! Gloria Copeland 11 August For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time] that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

Every day it just blesses me how good God is to us. He blesses us all the time. Ken and I have such a wonderful life, we just can’t help but be thankful. And the more thankful we are and the more we expect those blessings, the more of them come flooding in on us. God favors us. But let me tell you, you’re one of His favorites too! I know you are because God’s mercy and favor are over all His works (Psalm 145:9)—and Ephesians 2:10 says we are all His workmanship! Psalm 145:8-9 says, “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” God is gracious. Do you know what that means? It means He is disposed to show favors. It’s just His nature to bless people. He is also “full of compassion.” The word compassion there is not just a passive word like pity. It is a force that stirs one to action. One definition of compassion is “eager yearning.” Isn’t that wonderful? God is eagerly yearning to do you good! In fact, the Bible says that God is looking for someone to bless. He is not satisfied unless He can do someone good (2 Chronicles 16:9). I remember the day I realized that, I was desperate for help. I picked up the Bible and read in Matthew 6:26 that God cared for the birds of the air. What a revelation that was to me! No one had ever told me God was good. They had never told me He loved me. They just told me a lot of “do nots.” When I read that scripture I thought, Well, if God cares for birds, He cares for me! I gave God my life and asked Him to do something with it. And that’s all it took. I gave God an opening and His love flooded through it. Flooded is a good word to use to describe the mercy of God, because when we give Him the slightest opening, His mercy rushes in upon us. You see, God wants to do you good. He wants you to live the good life! So, the next time someone tells you God’s will is for you to be sick or downtrodden, just remember that. God has a good life planned for you even in this dark world. A life of health. A life of joy. A life of ministering and helping people. A life of abundance. That good life has been prearranged and made ready for you to live. Everything you need in the natural realm—a home, a car, a family, a mate—has all been stored up with your name on it. So go for it! Receive your destiny! Live the good life! Job 33-34; Revelation 16 I live the good life which God has prearranged and made ready for me to live. Ephesians 2:10, The Amplified Bible

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-34