Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Life is always moving forward.
As time marches on it always leaves change in its wake. The reality of this truth is impressed when I reflect on my life and I realize that I am not the person I was ten years ago. My beliefs have matured, my goals have become more focused, and my body does not respond to athletic activities the way it once did.
Another way we notice that time brings change to life is through the changing of the seasons. Right now I am able to witness the transition from winter into spring as flowers begin to bloom, the grass becomes green, trees fill out with leaves, and as the first plants are planted in the garden.
The four seasons remind us that things are continue to change, and no matter how much we want to hold on to the moment we can’t. Time marches on and change follows in its wake.
When we look at the first prayer/poem/hymn that make up the book of Psalms, we notice something very interesting. What we notice is the promise that a person who rejects evil and cherishes God’s Word becomes a fruitful person. God’s people don’t just produce fruit during one season, which is typical of a fruit tree, but in each season. Christians are to be constantly fruitful.
I want us to meditate on this reality for a moment.
Any person, when the circumstances of life fall right in place, can bring about good results. Yet that usefulness lasts only for a season, because when the circumstances change that person loses their ability to do what is right. It was circumstance and chance that allowed them to be helpful to other people.
The person who values God’s Word, meditates on it, memorizes it, and allows it to influence their hearts and minds, puts themselves into a position where they can be useful all the time. These people realize what matters is not the right circumstances, put how they respond to those circumstances. For them, it doesn’t matter if they are 12 or 94, because God’s Word informs how they are to live and love. For them, it doesn’t matter if they are married or single, because God’s Word reminds them that their value comes from God and not a relationships. For them, it doesn’t matter if they are healthy or lying sick in bed, because God’s Word convinces them that as long as they have breath they have the ability to influence the life of someone else.
What matters most to the Christian, is not the season of life they are in, but God’s Word directing their life. (Tweet this) When we know God’s Word we are able to be fruitful in this world, regardless of the circumstances of our lives.
Questions to consider:
- How do we delight in God’s Word?
- Would you consider your life to be fruitful? Why or why not?
- How has God’s Word influenced you in the way you live?