Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rooted

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[a]Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example],
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of [b]scoffers (ridiculers).
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.
And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season;
Its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].
The wicked [those who live in disobedience to God’s law] are not so,
But they are like the chaff [worthless and without substance] which the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand [unpunished] in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord knows and fully approves the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked shall perish.
~ Psalm 1, AMP ~

Footnotes:
[a] Psalm 1:1 This has been called “The Preface Psalm” because in some respects it introduces the complete book of Psalms as a godly message. It opens with a benediction, “Blessed,” as does the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:3).
[b] Psalm 1:1 I.e. shallow thinkers who are quick to mock or disdain.

Does the world have you feeling a little more stressed-out these days as it does me? Chaos and fear rage and swirl. Danger presses and threatens. The thick tension oppresses as I wonder who are my true friends. Who can I trust? Is any place safe for me, for my children, to just be loved, accepted, and to thrive.

Yet, as I dedicate the best part of my day to quiet time with my Bible, I am reminded of who I am. And because of Jesus, I have a hope against all hope. Staying deeply rooted in my love for my Maker gives me the ability to remain secure in a very insecure world. What a blessing! Those roots, He tells me in His word, keep me immovable as the gale force winds of change and uncertainty howl and bluster. He steadies me at times where I feel anything BUT steady. What a grace!

When life gets crazy it can be far too easy for our eyes, minds, and emotions to get fixated on our circumstances. But God taught me years ago that if I am looking for security in this world, I will always be disappointed. There will always be plans that get up-ended by my kids' special needs or health crises. Medications always have the possibility of being recalled. Favorite doctors retire or move. Jobs can be lost. School conflicts bubble up. Government programs fall short. Cures don't materialize. Relatives and people we thought were friends don't show up to help.

Despite that, God remains steady, sure, unfaltering. And because the Holy Spirit lives in me, that security is only a whisper away. A breathed-out prayer guides my heart back to where it should be. My circumstances fade and the glory of God Almighty remains. 

We know how the story ends, my friend. WE WIN! Let's start living life today like we believe that. 

PRAY: Holy Spirit, keep me rooted with my eyes fixed on eternity today. Remind me that the joy I have in Jesus can never be taken from me unless I surrender it myself.

~ Barb Dittrich

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