Blessed is the manâ€¦who delights in the law of the Lord;â€¦He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his seasonâ€¦Â (Psalms 1:1-3)
In our earlier discourse we affirmed that the abundant life in the Lord Jesus Christ is a blessed life; one which is likened to a tree planted by the riverside. Such a tree has a constant source of water and nourishment, and has nothing to worry about even in dry season. What more can be said of the tree by the riverside?
- It will always be gloriously green; the splendour, beauty and goodness of the almighty God avail for all who partake of his abundant life. Dryness & ashes (spiritual and physical) are turned into joy and honour.
- It will produce plenty of fruits; God makes his blessed children fruitful and progressive. Like he did for Jabez (1 Chron 4:9-10), he enlarges the coast of those who trust and follow him. Lifting up, advancement and forward march are included in the abundant life package.
- Regular â€˜trimmingâ€™ (correction & direction) by God; this is part of the demonstration of Godâ€™s love, so that his blessed children will not stray from the path of life and holiness (Heb 12:6-7).
It must be borne in mind that obedience and continuous contact with the Vine (ultimate source) are requirements for enjoying Godâ€™s abundant life.
May the Lord cause the rivers of Living Water to flow over all the individual members and church families in Jesus name.
Pastors Marcus & Norah Chilaka