The Secret of Beauty and Strength
Numerous years back when I went to an adolescent meeting in the Sierra Nevada, a young fellow came to me and approached me.
We stood together under an incredible Douglas fir, and he said, Pastor, I don’t have the foggiest idea what is wrong with me. I need to be a decent Christian, and I make a decent attempt, yet by one way or another I just never appear to make it. I’m continually doing some unacceptable thing. I can’t live like a Christian.
I said to him, Well, there might be a few explanations behind that, however, most importantly, let me ask you this:
What about your private existence with the Lord?
How well do you know Him?
What amount do you savor the experience of perusing His Word and afterward investing energy conversing with Him?
Since, all things considered, it’s not the time you spend in perusing the Word that is significant, however it’s the time you spend in appreciating the presence of God that fortifies you.
He hung his head and said, Well, I concede I don’t do a whole lot that.
All at once this very expression from the Psalms streaked into my psyche: He resembles a tree planted by surges of water.
I ventured back and said to him, Look at this tree we’re under. What does it help you to remember?
What are the characteristics this tree proposes to you?
He took a gander at the gigantic Douglas fir, transcending high up above, and said, Well, the main thing is, it’s solid.
I said, Yes, something else?
Indeed, he said, it’s lovely.
I said, Exactly! Magnificence and strength.
Those are the two things you appreciate about this tree.
Furthermore, those are actually the two things you need in your own life, right? Excellence and strength?
He said, Right.
Indeed, I said, disclose to me this: What makes this tree wonderful and solid? Where does it get its excellence and its solidarity?
He halted briefly and took a gander at the tree. At that point he said, Well, from the roots, I presume.
I asked him, Can you see the roots?
No, he said, you can’t. At that point he said, I get it! That is the concealed piece of life, however it is the mystery of this current tree’s magnificence and strength, right?
That is actually the thing this psalmist is saying.
The individuals who are genuine have educated, in the shrouded inward pieces of their life, to draw upon the elegance and wonder and strength of God. Their foundations run profound into rich and wet soil, and this is the thing that makes them lovely and solid.
Also, they are productive: He … yields its natural product in season.
That is most likely a reference to the product of the Spirit, which is portrayed for us in the New Testament.
It is the personality of God, and that is consistently the equivalent in either the Old or the New Testament: love, happiness, harmony, forbearing, and the remainder of the characteristics recorded in Galatians 5:22.