He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:3 (NASB)

DEVOTION – OCTOBER 20, 2019

The majority of my adult life has been spent living in this great state “where the wind comes sweeping down the plains.” Having grown up in the tall pines and broad oaks of south Arkansas, I never knew how much I could miss trees.

Then, I moved to the plains of Oklahoma in my late 20s. Of course, the sunsets here are unparalleled because there’s nothing to obstruct your view, but the trees can be hard to find. And the ones that are in this region don’t tend to grow very tall or large. They’re called scrub oaks for a reason!

The red soil is dry and isn’t a nurturing environment for trees. However, there is one place where you can find large, tall, and flourishing trees in Oklahoma: next to streams and rivers. You can look across the plains as far as you can see, and when you spot a group of flourishing trees, you can know there’s water flowing nearby.

Typically, these trees are located on the banks of streams and, in some cases, they are smack dab in the middle of them. (“Smack dab.” You can take the boy out of Arkansas, but you can’t take the Arkansas out of the boy!)

David’s metaphor of a tree that flourishes and yields its fruit in its season is a powerful picture. I must be planted near the stream of God’s Word, consistently, methodically, and desperately.

Are you drinking from the stream of his Word today? When did you last take a drink? We need some tall and flourishing trees in our world today. Plant yourself deep in the stream of God’s Word–smack dab in the middle.

PRAYER

Charles Stanley said, “it’s impossible to live a Godly life with a closed Bible.” Lord, give me a thirst for Your Word. Open my eyes to see that it is my source for life. Just as water is to a tree, so is Your Word to my soul. Make me a tall and fruitful tree for You.

Amen.

Larry Harrison

Pastor of Worship Ministries
lharrison@crossings.church

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