“Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, But wickedness overthrows the sinner.”
Proverbs 13:6 NKJV
During this past summer, my home state Iowa was afflicted with something called a “derecho” that swept accross the state with hurricane force winds above 150 mph. It did much damage and there were many trees that were destroyed. I was fortunate, in that my trees suffered no damage. They were apparently welll rooted and healthy, and had the flexibility to withstand the onslaught.
I read a bit of Proverbs chapter 13 this morning with my daily Scripture, and happened on verse 6. It stood out to me in light of all that is going on in the world. Our world has been in the middle of a derecho of sorts.
Through a year of global pandemic, humanity has been like the trees in Iowa, pushed to the extremes by hurricane force winds, as the virus and resulting human interventions have created circumstances that have pushed people to the breaking point.
Like the derecho revealed weakness in trees and structures, this COVID reality has revealed the true nature and weakness of people. It has truly been a revealer of souls, as the character of people has been forced to the surface.
It has been a proving ground for each, as the stressors have pressed in on us. God has revealed Himself to me, as I have been able to see the results of His transformation of my heart in the midst of trial.
It is in the trials that we see what He has done, as we are unguarded. Through the struggles of these present times, I have learned that the righteousness of God has been a guard on me as I have seen my transformed.
In the past, such seasons of distress would have lead to my acting out, to my anger, depression and resorting to a variety of external things to cope. My bad behavior would have been rationalized, as felt I had an excuse due to the situation.
The righteousness of God has provided calm in the storm, as I fall back on the truths of God’s word in the darker times.
He has also governed my responses to people, as I have been able to pick my positions and advocate wisely. I have avoided those who run to the flesh in trouble, desiring natural solutions for supernatural problems. Many people desire others to join them, to engage in corporate futility. True blessings come in resisting those people and seeking the counsel of the Lord.
“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. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
Psalms 1:1-6 NKJV
The ungodly, the fleshly, and those have drifted are like chaff driven by the strong wind. The are damage, shallow rooted trees, easily toppled.
When we walk with the Lord through the storms, we can see the events unfolding from the shelter of God. We are seeing the skies darkening, and the wind picking up, and we know that soon we will need to seek shelter. For those who are walking in the Spirit, the sirens are sounding, and we know what to do.
Brothers and sisters, strong winds are coming. We need to be planted.
In these times, it is easy to be distacted, to have all our attention drawn to the wind and the rain, but it is crucial to be alert, and know where our shelter is. We seek the Lord daily, as we pray, read the Scriptures, worship and build each other up. By abiding in Jesus, we have strengthened roots, able to withstand the winds of persecution.
God will guard the righteous, but those who are the wicked have no shelter, as the winds blow them to destruction. Start today to become well planted, rooted in Jesus. Open your bible today, pray today. Take some time to consider Jesus and all that He has done for you.
If you are one who does not know this Jesus, it is as simple as asking Him to save you from your sins. You see, if you do not know Him, and have not been forgiven, you are a sinner, and an enemy of God.
Hell is very real and it awaits those who are not forgiven. You too can be planted, having deep roots to withstand the storms to come.
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