I must openly confess that I am an expert plant killer. I do not mean to be. It is actually a natural talent I have. I have purchased plants thinking I would add beauty to my home, only to find them dead within a month. I have had people purchase them for me for gifts, and I mercilessly execute them as well. When we lived in the States, I finally resigned myself to artificial plants. One day as I was passing one of my fake green lilies in my house, my oldest child saw one of the leaves fall off the plastic plant and onto the floor.
"Mom, you are even killing the fake ones!" I am thankful he recognized my superior skills of plant killing. Nothing is impervious to my vicious talent. Yes, the government should have hired me to cure the kudzu problem.
If I were a plant of some sort, I would want to be one that was thriving, not a dead one and certainly not a fake one.
Psalm 1:2-3 "But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 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."
This tree is thriving, green, and lush. It did not become that way by accident. The tree is not a wild tree. It was planted! Our Christian lives are no different. Pursuing growth and striving to walk in the Spirit daily are intentional actions, not accidental ones. This planting also makes us stable. The location gives us a firm foundation because everything is conducive for us to have deep roots. God wants us to grow. He wants to plant us in specific places so that we will thrive and flourish with deep, strong, stable roots. What is the specific place He wants to plant us? According to this passage, He wants us planted in His Word and meditating on it day and night. That is how we become this tree. When we are planted in God's Word, our spiritual needs are supplied. We are planted by the rivers of water. Everything we need for our Christian growth is right there for us.
When we are well-established, we will become fruitful. A tree that produces is a valuable tree that blesses those around it. This tree only produces in his season, though. That tells me that patience is needed. This patient, but thriving, tree doesn't wither. It has endurance. Ultimately, this tree is successful in every one of his tasks. Everything the tree does prospers because he is planted in the right place, drinking from the right source.
All this because he delights in God's Word, and consistently stays in the Word.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates."
Joshua 1:8 "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
Get in the Word. Delight in the Word. Intentionally focus on God's Word throughout the day. Then you will be a tree even I cannot kill.