He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season (Psalm 1:3).
Godly men and women are compared in Scripture to sturdy trees, planted by the rivers of water, laden with fruit and full of leaves (Ps. 1:3; 104:16). In order for us to be fruitful trees, we must:
1. Stand straight for God. Lives that reveal Christlike character are lovely to behold, for they are not gnarled by sin or rotted by hypocrisy.
2. Be strong. Those who are well-rooted in God’s Word will be unmovable in times of trial and temptation.
3. Keep growing. As healthy trees add anew ring of growth each year, we too should constantly grow in grace (2 Pet. 3:18).
4. Bring blessing to others. Some trees provide food, others give shade, and others are made into lumber. So, too, Christians should provide spiritual food and comfort to their neighbors and use their time and talents to build up others.
When Growth Stops, Decay Begins
by Henry G. Bosch (1914-1995) in Our Daily Bread, Collector’s Edition, April 5