And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
If you delight in the Word of God and meditate upon it day and night, one of the results is that your leaf shall not wither.
I would like to take a short pause here to make a related point. In many circles and local gatherings of believers (churches/church groups) much is done to go out of the way to not offend the listeners or congregation. Often you will hear, and in my pages too, the encouragement, “Even if you only spend five minutest each day to start out.” This is important, starting out. However, once you have developed the “initial” effort into a habit, it is expected that you will grow in desire to extend your times of prayer and meditation, say, to two five minute “sessions”; lets say, once in your morning (whatever time you start your day due to your schedule), and once at night (whenever your day is in the waning hours or coming to a close). Our Father understands the crazy hours we may have to keep and world in which we live. The point is, our Father LOVES you, and wants you to love Him enough to spend time with Him in His Word.
If you feel convicted in your heart because of this, it is because you know you have passed up time you know you should have taken to be with your Father (as has everyone walking this planet – you are not alone in this). If you feel condemned, then remember, it is the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy. It is the enemy who uses guilt and condemnation to make you feel so terrible, sinful and unworthy that he steals your joy, kills your desire to spend any time with your Father, and destroys your life and your testimony. It is our Lord Jesus Christ who has come so that YOU would have LIFE, and that YOU would have that LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY. One of the main ways we receive that life is taking delight in setting aside time with the Creator of the universe, our Father, and spending time with Holy Spirit in His Word. This is particularly pertinent to your leaf not withering.
The lesson I am used to hearing concerning your “leaf not withering.” is the lesson of Moses. Moses was 80 years old when he approached Pharaoh and told him to release Israel. Due to Israel’s constant unbelief and unwillingness to trust and submit to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the very God that performed the ten plagues in Egypt and wrought a mighty deliverance from the most powerful army of the “known” (Euro-African) world at the time, Moses had to lead this stubborn people around in the desert for forty years until the original generation (except Joshua and Caleb) died off and a new generation was old enough to take the promised land. Exodus 34:7 records, “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.”
Think about this for a moment. Moses was 120 years old, leading a few million people in the desert. His eyes never lost any of their sight, and he never grew old and weak. Do not forget how much time Moses spent with God, seeking His will and His Word. One more thing, Moses last act was to walk up from the plains of Moab to the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, to get a view of the Promised Land (Ex. 34:1), and then he died. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Moses, at 120 years of age, walked from the plains to the top of a mountain to see a beautiful sight (the Promised Land) and then to die.
There is more to this verse than just living healthy until an old age. We will look further next time.
If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy:
- Psalm 1:2 – Delight in and meditate upon the laws and precepts of our LORD
- Psalm 1:3 – A tree planted by rivers of water
- Psalm 1:3 – A tree that brings forth its fruit in its season
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