Today we will continue to study the results of devotion to the Word of God (3).
- Perseverance: The leaf does not wither. 2 Cor. 1:21-22 says, “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.”
- Prosperity/success: Not in worldly wealth, but in faithfulness to God. For as Ecclesiastes 7:14 says, “In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider— God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him.
- Approval by the Lord (6) “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. (2 Corinthians 5:9 ESV)”
Hope in the Psalms
Christian maturity always comes through the Scriptures. If you are longing for maturity in your walk with God, and a passionate relationship with Christ, the words of John Piper are extremely helpful.
Never reduce Christianity to a matter of demands and resolutions and willpower. It is a matter of what we love, what we delight in, what tastes good to us. When Jesus came into the world humanity was split according to what they loved. “The light came into the world and men loved darkness rather than light” (John 3:19). The righteous and the wicked are separated by what they delight in—the revelation of God or the way of the world. But someone may ask: How can I come to delight in the Word of God? My answer would be twofold: 1) pray for new taste buds on the tongue of your heart; 2) meditate on the staggering promises of God to his people.