If you have ever seen a tree planted by streams of water, you have noticed a flourishing tree, even during an extended drought! That tree is blessed with more than enough of the essential life-sustaining water needed to thrive. A certain type of person — one who is blessed — can be like that spiritually:
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (Psa 1:1-3)
The key to become like that blessed fruitful tree, planted by streams of water, is multi-faceted. That person:
- Doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked. [He doesn’t listen to ungodly advise, according to the Bible.]
- Doesn’t sit in the seat of mockers. [He himself is not a mocker — generating insults and strife from pride.]
- Has his delight in the law of the LORD, which he meditates on day and night. [The law of the LORD is Scripture, which is to be obeyed.]
Trees Planted By Streams of Water Prosper
That is how God says anyone can be a fruitful tree planted by streams of water and prospering, but such fruitfulness doesn’t come easy or automatic. Such a blessed person will live a separated life, away from wicked people. He may often be lonely in the natural, but will have blessed fellowship with God wherever he goes. He will love, meditate on and talk about God’s word, for out of the abundance of the mouth the heart speaks (Mt. 12:34). That means such a person knows the Bible message and is serious about acting on it. He is not just a hearer of the word, but a doer of the word (James 1:25). He will have goals, ambitions and desires which seem very strange to most people, because he is trying to please God first. Because he puts God first, some people will be offended by his actions and misunderstand him. There will surely be unjust sufferings and persecutions which come on that blessed, fruitful and godly person, but that is good:
Now if we are children, then we are heirs –heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Rom 8:17)
Two Types of Trees
Again, you can be that type of tree, but you must count the cost, pay it and endure. Since there are only two types of spiritual trees — both being fruit trees — if you aren’t bringing forth good fruit, as God sees fruit, then your end will not be a good one!
Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Mat 7:17-19)
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
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