PLANTED BY THE RIVER
Psa. 1:1-3 ¶ Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.
It’s one thing to visit a river, it’s another thing all together to live there. Being planted by the river is the only way to bring fruit in times of drought. Rivers are the life source of everything around it. When something is planted by the river, it is no longer subject to the random changes that may take place from day to day. As the scripture says in Jeremiah, he is unaffected by the times of drought. For a Christian, being planted by the river includes being planted in the word of God. There is always a repeating change of climate in the passing fads of pseudo-christianity. If we are planted in the word we will not even be phased by the clatter of hip, erroneous teaching but will enjoy a productive walk with God, enjoying His bounty in our lives.
One of the current, often repeated doctrinal errors is a version of universalism or ultimate reconciliation. It was repackaged last year under the handle,”Love Wins”. The spin goes something like this, how could a loving God send someone to eternal punishment. Of course, the natural man eats this up. Live carnally and there are no repercussions. Biblical Christianity teaches a foundational doctrine called propitiation. We can see this reflected in John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
Actually, all of mankind is suffering the ramifications of the fall of man. God is a God of mercy, He is also a God of justice. That is the amazing beauty of the cross. At the cross, mercy and justice have met. Christ became a man and satisfied the justice of God by judging man’s sins in Jesus Christ. That’s what John was saying, when we believe in the Son we receive life. If we reject His love, the wrath of God falls upon us. How incredible is the love and wisdom of God. In one act He displays His justice, judging our sins in Christ and at the same time, offering His endless mercy in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Christ died to save sinners. His death shockingly justifies the ungodly.
So, are you planted by the river? Are your roots going deep down into His word. Embrace the foundational doctrines of our faith. These truths bring incredible encouragement to our souls. If you are planted by the river of His word, you will be immovable when the newest, rehashed doctrinal heresy comes knocking at your door. You will be bringing forth fruit in all seasons, drawing life from the River of God.