The Two Ways And Their Consequences

Psalm 1
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.

Facing A Crisis—Your First Line of Defense

1 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by. 2 I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me. 3 He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me.—Psalm 57:1-3

When you face a crisis, what is your first line of defense? The natural response is to attempt to fix the problem on your own. God, however, gives us a different way to handle difficulty.

David was no stranger to pressure or sudden appearances of evil. When he wrote Psalm 57, he was facing many hardships—including pursuit by King Saul, who wanted to kill him (1 Samuel 24:1-22). The shepherd’s response was to cry out to God and take refuge in Him until the calamity had passed.

Let’s learn from David’s example by exploring his words. Today’s passage has much to teach about the One to whom he cries.

First, David refers to God as El Elyon, or the Most High God. With all power and wisdom, He is the only one who can help us in our need.

Second, God is said to be our refuge. If He is a place of shelter for our soul, then we need not fear. He hovers over us and protects us when crises arise and leave us feeling helpless.

Third, the psalm expresses complete confidence that the Almighty can and will accomplish anything it takes for His purpose to be fulfilled. He’ll do whatever is necessary to intervene on our behalf, to hold accountable those who oppose us, and to surround us with His love and truth.

During His time on earth, Jesus brought great passion to His life and ministry. Therefore, we can approach Him when emotions run high. If your heart is troubled, cry out to the Lord. Know that you come before the throne of Him who is a powerful protector, capable and willing to do all you need.

God is Your Guardian And Life Director

According to Psalm 91:14, “The LORD says, ‘I will rescue those who love me.  I will protect those who trust in my name.’” God is your guardian, separating you from evil.  So, why do bad things happen to us?

You and God may have different definitions for the word bad.   God not only read your story…he wrote it.  His perspective is different and his purpose is clear.  He uses struggles to toughen our spiritual skin.  James urges us to “consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides…Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way” (James 1:2,4).

Trust God’s sovereignty.  He is directing your steps and delighting in every detail of your life. Don’t you feel better knowing he is in control?

Some Wisdom On How To Get Wisdom

Proverbs 13:20…
He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

The whole point of the book of Proverbs is to impart wisdom to its readers. That’s why it begins with, “To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,” and also, “To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion” (Proverbs 1:2-4). In that spirit, our verse for today imparts some wisdom to us. It imparts some wisdom on how to get wisdom.

What does it mean to be wise from the point of view of Proverbs? And what does it mean to be a fool? The answer to these questions can be found in what is probably the most important verse in the book and one of the most important verses in the Bible: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). The truly wise person knows who God is and reveres His word and His ways. The truly wise person knows that one must love God, serve Him, and do things the way God wants.

The fool, on the other hand, is the person who says in his heart, ‘”There is no God”‘ (Psalm 14:1). Hence, he has no regard for the wisdom of God. Indeed, he despises divine wisdom and instruction. Since he has rejected God, he makes a point of living life in opposition to the will and ways of God.

Our verse for today tells us that those who walk with wise people will become wise and also tells us that the companion of fools will be destroyed.

Look around you today. Where are the wise and where are the fools? And then walk with the wise.

Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart

Scripture repeatedly admonishes us to trust in the Lord. When times are good, this doesn’t seem difficult. However, when trials arise, it is much harder to rely fully upon Him.

Yet it is always important for us to place our trust in the living God, especially when everything around us seems to be falling apart.

What, then, is the antidote for worry and stress during a difficult time? Absolute trust in Christ. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” This means we are to lay all our burdens at His feet, believing that He is good, loving, and in control.

When trials arise, do you run toward the Lord? Or do you try to handle things yourself? He who created you can handle any difficulty and pain, even when it seems overwhelming. What He desires is your surrender and trust. It is in His arms that you will find rest for your soul.

Guarding Your Going Out and Coming In

Today is Wednesday. A day some people commonly refer to as “hump” day. Why do people see this day as an indicator the week is almost over? Is it because we have so many issues affecting our lives that we feel pressure to get things done before the weekend?

In Psalms 121, David, the great king, talks about the benefits of his relationship with the Lord. The psalm starts with him asking the question, “where does my help come?” and then he answers the question by saying, “my help comes from the Lord.”

In the remaining verses David talks about the peace he has in his life because he says, “God will not allow your foot to slip; he who keeps you will not slumber (24 hour protection); the Lord will protect you from all evil and will keep your soul. Finally, he says the Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from now and forever.” – emphasis added.

So, as you go through the remainder of this day and the rest of the week, you can be sure the Lord is there for you whenever you need him. He loves you so much that he doesn’t sleep so he can keep His eye on you. Rest easy. You are in the care and protection of our loving Lord and Savior.