How Scripture Nurtures Our Lives

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"He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which produces its fruit in its proper season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers." {Psalm 1:3}

Scripture was designed to nurture our lives by showing us which influences are beneficial and which are harmful. It also gives us clear standards, examples and instructions to identify and leverage good influences and avoid and correct bad ones.

Psalm 1:3 summarizes what life is like for someone who uses their knowledge of Scripture to choose good influences over wrong ones… (See Psalm 1:1,2)

“Being like a tree firmly planted” refers to our having stability. The more we apply the truths of Scripture, the more rooted, grounded and stable we'll be. The Scriptures warn about the influences which cause instability, like double-mindedness:

James 1:8 says that “A double-minded person is unstable in all their ways.”

Ephesians 4:14 speaks of becoming ‘tossed to and fro’ when we don't maintain a grounded belief in TRUTH.

“Being planted by streams of water” is an agricultural term about irrigation; similar to alley cropping which plants trees in rows to be nourished by channels of water.

“Producing fruit in its season” is related to our maturity and living spiritually fruitful, productive lives. Fruit is a natural byproduct and requires nurturing to produce.

“Leaf not withering” is having consistency and vitality as a result of staying spiritually nurtured. If we don't give ourselves the proper nourishment spiritually, our lives literally feel like they are withering.

“Whatever he does prospers” is prosperity Scripture causes when properly and consistently practiced. Prosperity is not based upon the chance of luck, but rather the practice of principles.

Take some time this Spring to get outside and read Scripture and enjoy NURTURE and NATURE at their best!