But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Ps. 1:2-3)
We all probably know this ugly feeling of spiritual dryness-feeling distant from God as if He is in the north pole and we are in the south, having no spiritual energy, having no interest or excitement in spiritual things, apparently helpless in the face of challenges, etc. It seems to be a pandemic that is harassing and embarrassing many believers. This often causes us to start a new day, like today, unprepared, only trying to seek God when we encounter a crisis. The truth is that it is hard to START building up spiritual muscles in the midst of the storms of life.
The key to abundant living and daily spiritual preparedness is to be recharged daily at our Source of life, which is God. It will erase spiritual dryness for ever in your life, and make you always ready for each day. You can be spiritually full, flourishing and prosperous every day. The figure the scripture uses above is that of a tree that is planted by a river of water. When other trees dry up during drought, this tree continues to flourish because it is by the river. It does not understand when other trees “talk about” drought because dryness does not exist in its world. Your life can be like the tree planted by the river of water. Just plant yourself by the Source of life constantly. Make it a habit, and avoid making it a religion.
You plant yourself by the river by cultivating the habit of communion with God daily in prayer and meditating in His word. This will end the cycle of spiritual dryness in your life forever. Do not believe the myth that the Christian life has “highs and lows”. This is non-biblical and based on the previous experiences of some believers. This is not the same as saying we will not face challenges in life. Having difficulties in life is not the same as spiritual dryness. As said above, trees that are far off from the river will flourish during the season of rain and dry off during drought. This is that cycle of spiritual dryness and fullness in those “touch base with God once in a while”. The tree that is planted by the river will not understand this experience because in its world, there is always water all year round!
The Word in your mind and mouth (1 Tim 4:15; Josh 1: 8)
Yes, meditating on the Word infuses your life with divine life. Meditate on the scripture above. Think and say it out loud to allow the Spirit to drill it into your heart.
Water the Seed( word) to grow. Invite the Spirit’s strength! (Isa 32:15; Zach 4:6)
The greatest obstacle to being planted by the river is not time as many of us might think. It is wisdom-our ability to know what matters the most in our life and how to go about giving it the place it deserves. We need God to help us here. Pray and ask the Spirit to help you see your need for Him, and give you wisdom on how to develop a culture of spending time with God in the midst of your probable “crazy schedule” like most of us.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Your door to a blessed life today is doing God’s Word. Refuse to be a hearer or reader only! (James 1:22-26)
Act upon God’s Word, and ot just hear or read it. The blessing is in acting, even with baby steps. What will you do with the devotional you have read above?
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