8.21.2013

Enduring Despite Your Circumstances

We all sat around the room and opened our Bibles. 

Our Sunday school teacher opened her mouth and began to read Psalm 1. 

We read with our eyes.

"Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
 
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.           


Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction." (emphasis mine)

Then she asked us, "What does the word prosper mean?" 

We all sat there quietly thinking and finally the Lord gave me a response,
"Enduring despite your circumstances." 



She looked at me, said thank you for responding and went on with her lesson.

I listened but I was pretty intently focused on what the Lord had just spoken to me. You see, that response came from a place deep within me. It came from the sweat and tears I've shed in the months past. It came from the grace of God. She didn't know, nor did anybody else (except God), how meaningful those words He gave me to speak were. 

In the months past He has proved that prospering is not having a fancy house, nice clothes, a cool car, a cute boyfriend, or endless numbers of friends. It doesn't matter how cool, nice, or fancy your life is. What matters is are you following His way? Are you living life like the one who really prospers?

Maybe God is giving you a word right now. Are you listening? The Bible says when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. Are you near? In that moment on a Sunday morning, He helped me prep my heart to listen for His voice. How's your heart? Are you prospering or is your life looking more like chaff which the wind blows away? He'll help you if your life is like that. Cry out to Him.

Father, give us Your Word and open our ears to hear it. Help us to endure all the trials we go through, knowing that You are the One who causes us to prosper. Help us to live our lives like Christ lived His- all to glorify You. Thank You for Your Son and thank You for the grace we have now. 
In the name of Jesus,
Amen.

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