Fleeting

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalm 1:4-6

The contrast between the wicked and the righteous is distinct. Even though there are times when it appears that the wicked are prospering and “getting away with murder,” Scripture clearly tells us that what we see is fleeting and there will be a judgment to come. We lose sight of that.

In fact, I think it’s very difficult to glimpse the eternal while we’re still on Earth. To start, we can’t see that which we’ve been promised. We know it’s true but we can’t see it.

Secondly, many things in life don’t seem right or just or fair. As mentioned above, we see the wicked prospering and wonder what’s taking God so long to judge them!

It’s important that we maintain a path “on the straight and narrow” in our Christian walk lest we become envious and discouraged by the temporal. The straight and narrow in this case are the disciplines and actions we’ve been practicing for a long time. They are the time-honored and God-honoring principles that have brought us this far.

God will bring judgment in due time, but until then we need to continue doing the things that please and honor Him.

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A Choice and A Habit

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. Psalms 1:3

The fruits of reading and meditating on the Word of God are subtle and not always apparent. The imagery of being fed and watered is apt because natural growth is subtle as well. But years of food and nourishment pay off in hefty dividends.

Daily study and meditation is a choice and a habit. There are many things that would keep us from this habit, but ultimately we must choose to sit down and make it happen.

I will say that the rewards are greater when the opposition is fiercer. If the enemy is trying to prevent you from spending time in the Word of God, he knows how the Word can transform your life and thinking. If he knows that, we should realize it even more.

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A Leisurely Walk

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. Psalms 1:1-2

As we begin walking through the Psalms, it’s important to understand one of the general themes throughout the book, namely, the Word of God. Psalm 1 sets the tone for the entire book and makes it clear that delighting and meditating on the Word of God is a very good thing.

As an example, yesterday as I concluded the Gospel of John I challenged you to read through the Book of John throughout this weekend, more than anything, as a way to put the cherry on top, so to speak. I’m nearly halfway there as I write this but the one theme that I’m seeing over and over in just those seven chapters is this: people came to Jesus. The masses came to hear Him speak. The leaders came to trap Him and lecture Him. The lame (and associated relatives) came to Him for healing. Relatives came for favors. They all came to him with different motives and “agendas.” It’s an obvious theme as you read more than a couple verses at a time, but I missed it when I walked through one verse at a time.

Don’t underestimate the power of the Word of God in your life.

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The Book of John

As the last devotional for the Book of John, I’d like to challenge you to read through the entire book of John this weekend. Getting the continuity of the entire book is as important as singling out verses or phrases.

Jot down observations you may have. Let me know how it went. I believe the book of John is an amazing book, and God will bless you for reading through it.

We are ready to tackle the Book of Psalms next!

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Lots and Lots of Stories

This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. John 21:24-25

We have no idea what these “many other things” are but we don’t need to know. Why not? Christians are continuing to write the history books today about what they’re doing in the world through Jesus. In fact, our very lives are like open books for others to read.

D.L. Moody said it best: “Where one man reads the Bible, a hundred read you and me.”

So, what’s being written in your life? What stories are you adding? What stories are being told?

People are reading us, to be sure, but what exactly do they see?

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