Today's Bible Reading:

Thinking Ahead About Your Need for Spiritual Nourishment

Tree Beside Stream

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psa 1:1-3)

Sounds good, doesn’t it? It’s the sort of life we want on Sunday morning. Courage. Conviction. God-centered delight. Deliberate meditation. Spiritual fruit. Endurance. Hope. Peace. We’re on the right track.

Then Monday hits with full force. Alarm clocks. Commutes. Deadlines. Stress. Pressure. Meetings. Obligations. Temptations. Distractions. Misplaced priorities. Unplanned hiccups. Overscheduled commitments. Exhaustion.

By Tuesday, the lives of focused, productive, joy-filled discipline we said we would lead on Sunday morning seem like a distant memory. Far from the serene image of Psalm 1:3, the “tree” of your spiritual vitality may look more like a neglected and withered shrub.

Bottom line: you need spiritual nourishment today. You’ll need spiritual refreshment tomorrow and throughout this week. In order to get it, you’ll have to be focused, disciplined, and determined. More than a few “good” things might have to be sacrificed in order to nurture the “best” things.

Determine right now to engage your heart in serious prayer this week. Set aside quiet time with an open Bible this week. Take advantage of opportunities to encourage and be encouraged by others. A brand-new God-given week lies before you. Don’t be aimless!

You are not invincible. Without the blessings that flow from a life-giving, perspective-sharpening, storm-enduring connection with the Lord, you can only cling to the edge of the cliff so long before erosion has a disastrous effect.

Be deliberate in your devotion to the One who matters most today… and tomorrow.

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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