Daily Devotional 11-4-19

The Ever Greens  
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3

I am in my office, writing devotions and looking through the window. I see trees responding to the changing season, by shedding off their leaves. The green leaves that once decked the trees with splendor and beauty, showcasing the creativity of their Maker, are withering and falling off because of the harsh weather conditions. Nature is having its toll on them. But, not so with every tree. The evergreens are built to be ever green. They are built to withstand the harshest climatic condition and maintain their beauty and splendor. Something in their makeup keeps them going through changing seasons. 

This Psalmist compares the righteous, those who have appropriated God’s love in Christ Jesus through faith, to the evergreens. Those who walk by the Spirit are planted by the streams of living water and their leaves shall not wither. Challenging times will come, but they will not be taken down. Paul, writes, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Christ keeps us through the thick and the thin!  The Jesus factor makes a world of difference for the Christian.  And, the Holy Spirit, taken residence, has become the fountain of living water within us.                     

The child of God is not nourished from the outside but from inside. 

It may look like you are dying and being wasted some of the days, but in Christ Jesus you are being renewed day by day. Child of God, you are not built to break and die off, just like that.  You are a masterpiece of God, a showcase of the splendor, majesty, and glory of God. Do not allow the world and circumstances to determine your attitude towards God, yourself and others. 

You are an evergreen!

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help me walk with an evergreen consciousness.