Having a true relationship with the Lord requires spending time in His word, so we can know how God would have us to lead our lives on a daily basis. To this end, some people just don’t spend enough time with the Lord. Often we can get so caught up in following this or that television show, seeing this or that ball game, or being at this or that social hot spot that we only give God a reject portion of our day. To make matters even worse, some of us have those friends — yes, THOSE negatively influencing friends — from back in the day that we’ve yet to cut loose, and it is with these people that we syphon from God’s precious time. That’s like a double wammy to our Heavenly Father — not spending adequate time with Him AND spending that time with people who draw us further from Him. Little do some know, it is actually more of a cheat to oneself than to God. This brings us to our key text in Psalms chapter 1:1 — 6 (KJV). The word of the Lord reads:
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 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. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Here the word of the Lord tells us the benefits we reap when we study the word of God and walk in His way versus the disadvantages of doing otherwise. First and foremost, the scriptures say that those living a life following after Christ are blessed. Secondly, we are to not only meditate on God’s word throughout the day but also delight in it. Perhaps better stated in modern terms, the least time we can dedicate to reading and meditating on God’s word is the length of time we spend watching television or attending events. When we do this, the Lord will bless the fruits of our labors in due season and give us perseverance in times of waiting. In other words, God will allow us to find success in those things we are pursuing if we follow Him in our daily lives. Another way to think of it is this: if you make time for God, He’ll make time for you.
The second half of this chapter indicates that the consequences of not actively living a life after Christ is perishing. We will not have the strength represented by the tree planted by ample water supply. We will not have the perseverance to tough out coarse weather, and ultimately we’ll have a hard time seeing any fruits from our labors. Talk about food for thought! Should we ever find ourselves in a place where it seems nothing we try our hand at proves successful, perhaps we should check: the company we keep, the amount of time we spend with the Lord, and if we are following the laws of His word. Have a blessed day!
Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.