Before you can sign up for a painting class, you have to take Drawing 101.
Before you can get your driver’s license, you have to be 16 years old, pass a written test, log a certain number of supervised driving hours, pass the driving test, and have your vision checked.
Before you can run for President of the United States, you have to be at least 35 years old, a natural born citizen, have lived in the country for at least 14 years, gather enough signatures to be put on the ballot, have a skeleton-free closet, develop thick skin, raise lots of money, …
And before I can be like a tree planted by rivers of running water, there are also a few prerequisites. Check out these verses right before the ones in last Monday’s post.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree …” (Jeremiah 17:7-8a NKJV)
“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 …” (Psalms 1:1-3a NKJV)
In order to be like a tree, putting down roots and spreading out my branches, I have to put my trust in God rather than the wisdom of man. Rely on the true wisdom found in God’s law instead of the advice of the wicked. Invest my time thinking about truth instead of joining in with the mockers.
So, as I start this year, I’ve been taking another look at what source of wisdom I use to base my decisions on. Am I listening to my culture, self-help books, and television commentators? Or am I digging deep into the Word, meditating on the truths it contains, and trusting God to lead me in the right direction?
What about you? What or who do you trust in? Where is your hope? What do you meditate on day and night? Have you met the prerequisites to be like a tree?