There is a very close connection between you, God and His Word. Jesus Himself is called the “Word of God.” To know God, you must know His Word; to honor God, you must honor His Word; to be in touch with God, you must be in touch with His Word. Many promises are given to those who master the Bible so well that the Bible masters them.
— We are promised spiritual stability, fruitfulness and true prosperity as we meditate on His Word day and night. (Psalm 1:1-3)
— When the words of Jesus abide in us, our desires will be given to us, according to God’s will. (John 15:7)
— Meditating on God’s Word leads to prosperity and success in our endeavors. (Joshua 1:8)
— We will have more wisdom than our enemies, more insight than our teachers and more understanding than the aged. (Psalm 119:97-100)
— We will have greater power over sin. (Psalm 119:11)
— We will have comfort in affliction. (Psalm 119:50)
— By drawing near to God, we have His promise that He will draw near to us. (James 4:8)
These astonishing observations, these magnificent claims, these profound promises—they help us realize how important the Bible is, and what remarkable potential we bring to our lives when we become serious students of Scripture. That’s why it’s so important that we commit ourselves to mastering the Bible so well that the Bible masters us.
(excerpt from 30 Days to Understanding the Bible | Max Anders | © 2018)
The following is my favorite bible verse. Why? Because when I read it, it gives me hope, makes me feel good, and gives me a sense of peace knowing God is watching over me. I pray this verse will become one of your favorite verses as well.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good, to bring you prosperity, and not for disaster, to give you a future you hope for. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes, and your land. I will release you and will gather you out of the nations where I sent you away into exile and will bring you home again to your own land.” “You will seek me and find me when you worship me with all your heart. You will worship me with all your heart, and I will be with you.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
1 How happy is the one who does not
walk in the advice of the wicked
or stand in the pathway with sinners
or sit in the company of mockers!
2 Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams
that bears its fruit in its season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
4 The wicked are not like this;
instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand up in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
When you read Psalm 1 it is clear there are two ways or paths we can walk. As a believer we can follow God’s word and receive the blessings of the Lord or we can walk in the ways of the wicked. God gives us a choice but what we do with that choice has consequences.
As in Psalm 1 above it states “his delight is in the Lord’s instruction” and “whatever he does prospers”. When we study the bible and live our lives accordingly, the Lord watches over us and we prosper.
However, if you live your life like an unbeliever “you will not stand up in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous” and “the way of the wicked leads to ruin.” God’s word is clear on the consequences of our choices.
Take time today and seek the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul. Worship Him with everything that is within you. The consequence of that choice results in “whatever he does prospers.” Remember, God is true to His word. He will do what He says He will do. Guaranteed.
Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
— Psalm 37:1 NKJV
People can become upset when they see the prosperity and success of others. They see what others have in comparison to what they have and it can upset them if they think that others have it better than them. If the others are also evil in nature, then the upset is all the greater. Why should the evil prosper and succeed? Why do they have it better than me? Instead of focusing on their own lives, they obsess over the lives of others.
We should not fret ourselves because of the prosperity and success of evildoers and we should not be envious of them. After all, we should not be envious of anyone. Envy is a sin (Romans 1:29). Covetousness is to desire the advantages that belong to someone else; jealousy is to resent a person for the advantages they have; but envy is the desire to be like the person who has the advantages. All three sins, closely related and often found in combination, result from an inordinate comparison between oneself and someone else.
Whatever advantages the wicked may have are transient and fleeting. The wicked have traded in eternal life and peace for temporary and limited advantage. If they don’t wither and fade in this life, they will in the next.
The news media frequently report stories of how the wicked have fallen. These stories are object lessons that confirm the truth of Psalm 37. Stop comparing yourself unfavorably with other people, and especially with the wicked.