What are you listening to?

Psalm 1:1-4 “Blessed is the manwho walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 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 that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.”

What we listen to and who we take counsel from have enormous consequences both for this life and the next.  Hours on end listening to and following the counsel of the ungodly – be it from the TV, radio, books, magazines, or the internet, or one-on-one conversations with people who don’t know God will inevitably lead to a downward spiral and a life that can be summarized as “chaff that the wind drives away.”  Time spent in the Word of God, and obeying its counsel, on the other hand, will inevitably lead to fruitfulness, endurance in the face of trial, and prosperity from God’s perspective.  Note that Psalm 1 says that for this person “whatever he does, prospers.” Think of this – whatever he or she does – as a parent, a spouse, a friend, an employer or an employee, or any other role we find ourselves in. Do we want a life that prospers, to bring spiritual benefit to ourselves and those we have the opportunity to influence, benefits of eternal value?   It is God’s counsel to us to spend much more time reading and thinking about – meditating – on the word of God than on all the other voices out there vying for our attention.  Those voices often promise prosperity – money, things, pleasure, happiness – but in the end, they will bring emptiness.   God’s promises lead to treasures in heaven and spiritual blessings on earth – peace, joy, love, wisdom and the like.  Chaff or fruitfulness – God has given us the secret key.  What have we been choosing?  What will we choose today and in the future? 

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