One hears so much of innocent people receiving bad advise. Recently here in Hamilton a youth had suffered a brain injury as a result of a beating. After his discharge from the hospital he required help to get around and to perform certain tasks. To help him a woman arrived at his home with a beautiful golden retriever trained for that purpose. The youth and his family were told the dog required some more training and it would be his. Sometime later the dog arrived only a different dog, a dog that looked old, sick and tired and untrained. To say the least the youth and his family were devasted. Later the woman was arressted by Police. Unfortunately still no dog. The dog they had received was placed in a good home and restored to his health.
The above story reminds me somewhat of Psalm 1. We are so often led astray by those who do not know God, by those who hate God. These folks give unsound advise based on inaccurate teachings from God's Word. Years ago while serving as minister at Ice Lake I had occassion to visit a mother and daughter, both Christians. As I walked into the house the mother was listening to a religious program in the living room and the daughter was listening to another religious program on the radio in the kitchen. I had no sooner entered this home when the daughter looked at me in dismay and said she was frustrated because the speakers on both programs were accussing the other of being wrong. She turned to me and asked "Who is right?" "What is Trruth?" We sat at the kitchen table and discussed what Truth is. Interestingly enough the question she asked was the same Pilate asked Jesus ( John 18:38 ). Pilate, like so many today, do not understand God's Truth simply because they have not surrendered themselves unconditionaly to God or to the study of His Word. The Christian who is strong, faithful and who has surrendered themselves unconditionally are like a tree planted by a stream. This tree receives nourishment and produces good, healthy fruit. This tree, as long as it receives nourishment will surrive. God's Word is our nourishment as long as we partake of it, live it we too will grow strong and produce spiritual fruit for God. Remember Christ told the woman at thw well (John 4:13-15) In John 6:35 Jesus says "I am the Bread of life." To grow strong in the Lord we need to "drink" and "eat" the Word of God, to pray "without ceasing" to "walk the talk" This way we will not fall victim to bad advise, we will not walk the wrong path (Matt.7:14) we will be strong and faithful to our Lord and Saviour.
1 Blessed is the person who does not
follow the advice of wicked people,
take the path of sinners,
or join the company of mockers.
2 Rather, he delights in the teachings of the Lord
and reflects on his teachings day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted beside streams—
a tree that produces fruit in season
and whose leaves do not wither.
He succeeds in everything he does.
4 Wicked people are not like that.
Instead, they are like husks that the wind blows away.
5 That is why wicked people will not be able to stand in the judgment
and sinners will not be able to stand where righteous people gather.
6 The Lord knows the way of righteous people,
but the way of wicked people will end
Psalms 1:1-6 (GW)
Hymn: My Faith Looks Up To Thee