Good morning Church family,
Yesterday as I was writing the daily devotional, I noticed something intriguing about Psalm 1:1-3. A reminder of what it says again: “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.” Psalms 1:1-3 NIV
I wonder if you noticed that the first part talks about three scenarios that might endanger the healthy faith of a believer. It shows what a natural progression toward harm looks like: walk, stand and sit. Imagine this: You are friends with someone who does not follow the ways of Jesus and so you walk with them in a way that places you in a compromised position. You might think you are safe because you don’t involve yourself in their wayward activities but before long their voice begins to influence you until you are convinced to do something you might not usually do. When it seems that nothing bad happens, your trust in their voice rather than God’s grows. Before long you are enticed away from God and then sin has really got a hold of you. If an outsider where to look in it is hard for them to tell the difference between you and the other person? Lesson: Are your friendships governed by Jesus? Is there someone who might be negatively influencing your behaviour and if so do you know when it’s good to walk away or put in place some healthy boundaries? Do you have someone in your life that you can trust to call you out when you are headed in the wrong direction, maybe it’s time to build more solid Christian friendships.