Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Growing requires Water

I find it interesting how God seems to use different instruments in our lives to teach us and how he can use people and situations to bring to light the importance of His Word. Yesterday, my husband was talking about how Gods word is likened to water in the Scripture and our Pastor recently announced the theme for our Church this year is "Growing in Grace" both of which prepared me for my meditation time today. I resumed a Bible study that I had stopped doing a while back which includes going through the Psalms and building a notebook that describes different characteristics of God. Naturally I started in Psalm 1 where I came across this verse, "Psalm1:3 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." The Psalm is about meditation on God's word and how God will bless the man (or woman) who walks with Him. I noted however for the first time the symbolism here. The Growing tree is planted by water. When we are planted in God's, word we will grow in Him. In fact, the chapter continues to describe what it is like for the tree to not be planted in water, "Psalm 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. " When we are not planted by water, we become dried up, withered up and blow away. I can picture in my mind the field outside my house when I lived Texas. The wind would blow and bring with it these dried up weeds that would role across the open field. While on the other hand I think of the rivers in Venezuela with the lush green vegetation surrounding them. What a picture and a wonderful reminder of what God's word is for us. We can't possibly grow without His word. We must as the Psalm says " meditate day and night" in it so we can grow strong in the Lord.

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