Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Regardless of the Circumstances

{Psalm 1; NLT}
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 not static. Our circumstances are constantly changing. The reality of this truth seems to be impressed upon me every day as 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 the way it once did.

Another way we notice that life is not static is 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, and trees fill out with leaves. 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.

As we look at the first prayer/poem/hymn in the collection of Psalms we have in the Bible we notice something very interesting. What we notice is that the person who rejects evil and cherishes God’s Word becomes a fruitful person. They don’t just produce fruit during one season, which is typical of a fruit tree, but in each season. God’s people are constantly fruitful.

I want us to stop and consider this reality for a moment. Any person, when the circumstances of life fall right in place, can be useful and loving. Yet that usefulness lasts only for a season, when life changes that person loses their influence. It was circumstance and chance that allowed them to be helpful to other people.

The person who values God’s Word and has put it into his/her heart puts themselves into a position where they can be useful all the time. They realize what matters is not the right circumstances, put how they respond to those circumstances. It doesn’t matter if they are 12 or 94 because God’s Word shows them how they love people in all situations. It doesn’t matter if they are married or single because God’s Word helps them understand that they have value and are able to make a difference in this world. It doesn’t matter if they are healthy or lying sick in bed because God’s Word convinces them that they have the ability to influence the life of someone else.

For the follower of Christ Jesus what matters is not the “season” of life they are in, but the Word of God that is in their hearts. When we know God’s Word then we are able to make a difference regardless of the circumstances of our lives.

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