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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
God doesn’t judge people on the basis of race, sex, or national origin. He judges them on the basis of their faith in him and their response to his revealed will. Those who diligently try to obey God’s will are blessed. They are like healthy, fruit-bearing trees planted along a riverbank with strong roots, and God promises to watch over them. God’s wisdom guides their lives. In contrast, those who don’t trust and obey God have meaningless lives that blow away like dust.
There are only two paths of life before us—God’s way of obedience or the way of rebellion and destruction. Be sure to choose God’s path, because the path you choose determines how you will spend eternity.
You can learn how to follow God by thinking about his Word. This means spending time reading and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you’re living as God wants. Knowing and thinking about God’s Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what he says.
This “law” means all of Scripture: the first five books of Moses, the Prophets, and the other writings. The more we know of the whole scope of God’s Word, the more resources we will have to guide us in our daily decisions.
When Scripture says, “In all they do, they prosper,” it does not mean immunity to failure or difficulties. Nor is it a guarantee of health, wealth, and happiness. What the Bible means by prosperity is this: When we apply God’s wisdom, the fruit (results or by-products) we bear will be good and receive God’s approval. Just as a tree soaks up water and bears luscious fruit, we also are to soak up God’s Word, producing actions and attitudes that honor God. To achieve anything worthwhile, we must have God’s Word in our hearts.
Chaff is a symbol of a faithless life that drifts along without direction. Good grain is a symbol of a faithful life that can be used by God. Unlike grain, however, we can choose the direction we will take. (NLT)
Psalm 1:1-6 – Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.
But this is not true of 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.
Carol Van Der Woude (Illinois) titled her story “BEARING FRUIT;” here is a portion of Carol’s story:
“. . . Fruit-bearing trees and bushes are a gift that inspires me. Just as God designed these plants to produce fruit, God calls me to bear fruit. God has a purpose for my life. As I mature in my relationship with God by studying the Bible, praying, and working in community with other Christians, I discover and fulfill that purpose.
“Our reading for today encourages us to root our faith in God’s word. . . . When we read God’s word, believe it, and obey it, we produce fruit and bring glory to God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – We glorify God when we bear the fruit we are created to bring into the world.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for creating us with purpose. Help us to sink our roots deep into the soil of your goodness. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO BECOME WHO GOD CREATED ME TO BE
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