Yesterday I started reading the book of Psalms. I like to read them according to the date and add 30. Yesterday I read: Psalm 1, 31, 61, 91, 121. I love this set.
As I read Psalm 1, I thought about roots. Verse 3 revealed the fruit of one who meditates in God’s word day and night. It says, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”
Think now about the words: water, season, wither, and prosper. My yard plants are a great illustration. The wind blows in weed seeds. Those seeds fall down into the rocks and send out roots.
Up come the weeds with no work on my part. What happens though when the season of rain is over? They wither and die. That is great for weeds, but not great for hearts. Our hearts can only thrive with drinking water from the well of our salvation.
I have other plants that are faithfully watered every day with my drip system. My succulents have shallow roots. My manzanita has a great root system. My roses? They are in an abundant season of blooms that fill the air with their fragrance.
Our faith-roots are watered as we read God’s word daily. They grow and are established by roots that are nourished through our intimate communion with the Lord. Did you note in Psalm 1:3 that fruit is seasonal? God created plant life in cyclical seasons. Only the tree of life in Revelation 22:2 bears fruit continually.
Are you in a dormant season? That should not cause you concern. Our roots are always gathering nutrients from the soil through our relationship with the Lord. Neither seasons, circumstances, fiery trials, nor hardships take away: they abundantly add benefits we previously lacked. Remember that in God’s economy nothing is in vain. He redeems it all.
Daniel 2:20-21 reminds us of an essential truth that empowers us to endure. It says, “…Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And HE changes the times and the seasons…”
Like God’s provision of manna was to the children of Israel, we also gather our daily manna. He supplies nutrients that are just the right amount, the right quality, and exactly what we need as we read His word, and abide in Him. Abiding is the soil that will produce fruit in its season. Abundant fruit glorifies Him.