Verse of the Day: Prosper Like a Tree By the River

July 10, 2007


1 Oh, the joys of those who do not

follow the advice of the wicked,

or stand around with sinners,

or join in with mockers.

2 But they delight in the law of the LORD,

meditating on it day and night.

3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,

bearing fruit each season.

Their leaves never wither,

and they prosper in all they do.

Psalm 1:1-3 (NLT)

I love these verses! They have many applications in our lives. Wise counsel and advice are important in your professional, personal, and spiritual lives. You should not be taking advice from a non-Christian because they don’t have the same spiritual perspective as you and because the Word specifically says so. You will prosper if you have some wise Christian advisors and mentors to guide you. But remember that God is your ultimate advisor and mentor!

From the Life Application Bible:

God doesn’t judge people on the basis of race, sex, or national origin. He judges them on the basis of their faith in him and their response to his revealed will. Those who diligently try to obey God’s will are blessed. They are like healthy, fruit-bearing trees planted along a riverbank with strong roots (Jeremiah 17:7, 8), and God promises to watch over them. God’s wisdom guides their lives. In contrast, those who don’t trust and obey God have meaningless lives that blow away like dust.

There are only two paths of life before us – God’s way of obedience or the way of rebellion and destruction. Be sure to choose God’s path, because the path you choose determines how you will spend eternity.


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