We Live in a Desert

David Gaunt

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  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, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers."  Psalm 1:1-3

We live in a desert.  I often forget that fact.  But this time of year reminds me.  There are all kinds of indicators.  Right now, there are certain patches of grass in my yard that need water both in the morning and evening.  There are certain plants that droop most afternoons.  And then, there's my Desert Tortoise, Squirt, who is out and about in the backyard.  This is Squirt's season for major activity.  And by major activity, I mean coming out of his hole and eating the blooms off of our flowers.  This is the time of year that he'll actually take a drink of water, and he only does that once or twice.

Unlike Squirt, we, our families, our other kinds of pets, our yards, our plants, most every other creature, need water daily and often.  The same is true of our souls.  Your heart, mind, spirit (the different aspects of the immaterial part of you), need watering often.  This is especially true in a spiritual desert.

We live in a desert.  You don't have to walk very far to be tripped up by the counsel or influence of the wicked.  You can be burned often by the activity of those that enjoy going against God.  The constant ridicule and scorn against God in our culture will wither the best of hearts.

According to Psalm 1:1-3, the person that thirsts for the truth of God's Word, the Bible, is found spiritually well hydrated.  You just can't go long without listening to, reading, studying, meditating on, and applying the Bible.  When it comes to God's Word, our minds are a desert.  They dry up quickly and need constant watering.

The fact that you are reading this, likely shows that you are committed to this process.  Don't stop.  In fact, I'd challenge you to drink even more from the stream of life that will bring impacting fruit to all your relationships.  Make your plans and schedule with your need for constant interaction with the Bible in mind.  When you take a break, don't take a break from the Bible, but to it.

If you are struggling to be spiritually refreshed and vibrant, then commit to activities that will increase your understanding and obeying of God's Word.  Is there a class, worship service, Bring it Home Group, or ministry that you need to commit to in the coming month?  I'd encourage you to plant yourself next to that stream and thrive.

We live in a desert.  There is no such thing as a spiritual tortoise.  We need to keep well watered with God's Word, and that takes planning and follow through on our part.

Thank you, Lord, for giving me all that I need in the Bible to quench my thirst for You in my life.  Help me to increase in knowing and doing what it says for the rest of my life.

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