Storm-Tossed or Storm-Tested?

The wicked of this world have loud megaphones and a multitude of eager listeners. Don’t walk in cadence with their advice.

The way of sinners is popular, downhill, and full of shiny promises. Don’t stop and stand in that way.

If you’re looking for attention, society always has room for another mocker. Joining the chorus will probably result in a bump of LIKES and followers. But that’s not where you ought to be sitting.

There are some crowds we have no business joining, some paths we shouldn’t be taking, and some seats in which we should never sit. Listen: “Blessed is the man who 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.” (Psa 1:1-2)

On what will you meditate this week? What will fill your downtime attention? What will occupy your mind and percolate in your heart? If you want to be “like chaff that the wind drives away”
(1:4), listen to the advice of the wicked, stand in the pathway of sinners, and pull up a chair with the crowd of mockers.

But if you want to be more than wind-blown, aimless chaff, God is willing to make you “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season” (1:3). How? Delight in his law. Meditate on his word. Think about God, day and night.

We’re glad you’re here today and we hope you’ll join us in praising this awesome God. But what about this week? Will you be more like storm-tossed chaff or a storm-tested cedar? It depends upon the source of your delight and the meditations of your heart.