Oh to see good days, Isn’t that we all want?!? How do we get there? What do we need to do,?
One of my favorite things about doing a bible study is that I spend time reading each verse in different translations. I love seeing how the text is interpreted. For example, part of verse 10 of 1 Peter 3 is quoted as “to enjoy life and have many happy days”; “Whoever would love life and see good days”; ““Whoever desires to love life and see good days”; “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days”; “For he that will love life, and see good days”; “Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good”. It’s so great to see God’s word written differently but still speaking the same truth. Sometimes certain translations speak right to my heart while others are great but not so life changing, you know what I mean?
1 Peter 3:10-12 (NIV)
10 For, “Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
In 1 Peter chapter three verse 10-12 Peter quotes Psalm 34:12-16.
(This again shows how God has worked in the tiny details of life. Allowing Peter to quote something that happened way before his time proves, it’s God, only God.)
Psalm 34:12-16 (NIV)
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
It seems pretty clear on our instructions in verses 10-11 of 1 Peter Chapter 3. If we want to see good days and we love life there are specific requirements.
We must restrain our tongues from wicked, abusive, or deceitful words. We must forsake and steer clear from evil actions, do all the good we can, and seek peace with all others.
“Let him eschew evil,…. Avoid all kinds of evil, hate it, abstain from the appearance of it, and have no fellowship with it; and particularly should avoid rendering evil for evil, or taking revenge on persons for doing him ill” –Gill’s Exposition
In verse 12 we see why we need to follow these instructions.
“but the face of the Lord IS AGAINST those who do evil”
Psalm 33:18: But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
For God, all-knowing and every where present, watches over the righteous, and takes care of them.
Job 36:7 : He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.
Psalm 11:4 : The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.
And because he can see everyone, both good and evil, it’s His job to be judge. He is the one to whom they will answer. We are to follow Jesus example and love everyone, turn from sin, and praise God the Father. All the rest is up to him.
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