Today’s Scripture: 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 ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.¬†Psalm 1:3-4

Whereas the ungodly are not anchored to a secure foundation and are blown about by every change, trial and impulse of life, the righteous individual is like a tree by the rivers of water. He is secure and unmoving in the face of adversity and false doctrine. But the righteous individual isn’t just like a tree. He is like a plantedtree.

Why is that important? Because it tells us that God’s trees aren’t wild trees. A wild tree is one that sprouts and grows wherever it’s seed happens to land, no matter what the condition of the soil. Some wild seeds land in good areas, and the resulting trees are able to put down good, strong roots. Other wild seeds aren’t so fortunate. They may land in a place of shallow soil. Some wild seeds may land on concrete or stone and be unable to sprout at all. How well the wild tree survives depends entirely upon where the wild seed happens to fall.

Recently, a massive tree came down upon our church’s property. This tree was a wild tree. Investigation revealed that it actually wasn’t one tree, but three trees that had sprouted and grown in the same spot. The trees had choked each other off and, apart from a few strong tap-roots, the entire mass was supported by a very shallow root system. When the weather became severe enough, that wild tree was unable to stand and was torn completely out of the ground– all because three seeds had initially sprouted too close together.

But such isn’t the case with the man who delights in the things of God and meditates upon God’s Word. That individual is like a planted tree. A planted tree is one that is placed exactly where it should be to grow and flourish. In the righteous man’s case, this would be next to the rivers of water where he can receive nourishment to grow. A planted tree is staked and tied off so that it can grow straight and strong. A planted tree won’t be overcrowded and thus choked off from the soil. It is tended to and cared for so that it can flourish and produce fruit.

Christian, isn’t it a blessing to know that if you love the things of God and meditate upon His Word, that you are firmly fixed because you’ve been planted? You are tended to by God Almighty and will be able to weather the weather of life. New Christian, be sure to cultivate a love for God’s Word; you’ll be cultivated by the Master Gardener Who will ground you so that no storm of life will move you. That is truly a blessed place to be.

Devotional by Pastor C.J. Armstrong