Recently a friend presented me with a flower pot with a lush of beautiful white flowers. The flowers were gorgeous and looked great in our living room. I found a neat spot for them and took care of the flowers every day. Yet to my dismay, in a few weeks, despite my best efforts of watering them and trimming the stems, the plant simply wilted and died. I was devastated. I later learned that the plant would have survived had I transferred it to a garden (which we don’t own) or to a larger pot with more nutrients in the soil. The plant starved despite my best efforts because the soil did not give it enough nourishment. As I pondered over this, I was reminded of Psalm 1:1-3:
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.
Now perhaps you wonder what the withered plant in our house has to do with the above verses in Psalm 1. Psalm 1:2 says that the one who meditates on his law day and night is the one who is fruitful in season and is evergreen in all seasons! God’s Word is like soil with rich nourishment. His Word has the right mix of “nutrients” we need for every single day- for every ocassion, for every season in life. Without it, we will wilt and die a spiritual death. Our souls need His nurturing Word to be replenished every single day. Just like the plant in my house.
When we however follow the counsel of the world and try to live like the people of the world, we are like the potted plant in my house. Our roots won’t get adequate nutrients they require to survive the challenges of this life. The wisdom of the world is not meant to satisfy us with the deep nourishment we require to live a purposeful life. Only God can fill that need.
I cannot stress more on the importance of a daily and disciplined quiet time. It is at such times, when you hunger and thirst after God in your intimate time with Him, that He waters your soul with refreshing living water and gives you the required wisdom and direction for everyday.
When we meditate on His Word day and night, we become like a “tree”. Not a seed or a sapling or a tiny and fragile plant but a mature tree!! We are planted (rooted, grounded, unshakeable, with firm resolve) beside streams of living water (we remain continually with Him, abide in Him, dwell in His shadow) Whatever we do prospers because God guides us at every moment in our lives with His wisdom and insight and we take delight in doing what His Word says. The Bible says that when we live like this, we are “blessed” (content and enjoying happiness).
Sadly, as much as my plant cannot be restored anymore, I know that my soul (and yours!) can as long as we have breath in us.
It is my heart’s cry today for every one of us that God would place a deep desire in each of our hearts to plant ourselves like a tree beside streams of living waters, namely God’s Word.
Oh Lord that You would cause our roots to go down deep into Your Word and Your Word alone. That we will not be carried away by the whims and fantasies of this world. That we will be firmly rooted and grounded in You. That we will be mature and unshakeable in our faith in You, Jesus. That we will be confident in the hope of our calling in You. This I ask in Your precious Name, Jesus, amen.