What you feed grows and what you starve dies. Many of us take three good meals in a day and there is a reason we do that. Our bodies need nutrients and water to grow and that supply has to be consistent. Back in the day when I was in primary school we would do science experiments to understand what germination was all about and I remember we would plant little seeds in glass containers, water them and see them grow. At some point we would have two plants in glass containers and one was kept in the dark and without water. The other would be well watered. The result? The one kept in the dark with no water would shrivel up and die, while the one kept in the light and watered would grow.
Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
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.
Which plant do you identify with? The one kept in darkness with no supply of nutrients or the one that’s planted by the streams of water yielding its fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither?
The sad truth is that many of us feed once a week, on Sunday and we need someone to feed us. Left alone we do not have a hunger that is strong enough to drive us to pick up our bible to read it to get the valuable water and nutrients that our spirit man so desperately needs to grow.
Many of us like the part of the verse that says; 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. Sounds so good and I am sure many of us claim that over our lives but what about the part before that? Are you walking in the counsel of the wicked or standing in the way of sinners? Do you have a seat in the midst of mockers? If you do then you disqualify yourself from the blessing.
The word of God is like water and nutrients that we need to bear fruit in season. For that to happen we have to delight in it meaning we have to love it and derive pleasure from it, so much that we meditate on it day and night and apply it in our lives. Then just like the tree planted by the streams of water we will not struggle to produce fruit in our due season and we will no wither. No need to starve, pick up your bible and enjoy the buffet, remember man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
You feed your body 3 times a day or even more, how about your spirit man, how many times a day do you feed him?
Left alone, do you have the discipline to feed yourself spiritually or will you starve to death?
Do you take delight in the law of your God?