“And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:3
Did you catch the last phrase of this verse!? It is an incredible statement! “in whatever he does, he prospers”. We would need to go back to the previous verse to understand the person who attains this, but in short, the person who “his delight is in the law of the Lord, and His law he meditates day and night.”
Have you ever felt like you can’t go on? Ever felt like you just can’t push forward? This verse is for you! The word ‘prospers’ doesn’t necessarily mean what our American western mind thinks it means. The Hebrew word for ‘prospers’ is tsalach; literally means ‘to push forward’. Wow! All of a sudden this has new meaning to someone like me who grew up in a culture that teaches that to prosper means that one has money, is happy, and successful in every way. To push forward sounds like not everything is perfect, but regardless of circumstances and outside situations, a person is able to keep going. I’ve got something in my life right now that I could just raise my hands and say, “I’m done”, but it is clear to me that God will give me what I need to continue to ‘push forward’ as long as I delight in Him by meditating on His word. How about you?
Let’s apply this to talking to people about Jesus. Yesterday, our church had a neighborhood BBQ at a park just a couple blocks away. It was a great time for both our church family and the 20-30 neighborhood people that joined us. At one point, I sat down next to four teenage guys and just started to get to know them. During the conversation, I started thinking about asking them if they had a relationship with God. I had a small battle in my mind whether I was going to ask them or not, I mean I just met them; this was our first BBQ, what if they don’t want to come to another one. Well, I ‘pushed forward’ and asked them if they had a relationship with God. One of them had, three didn’t. I proceeded to share the gospel with them (Sin, God’s Standard, Jesus, The Cross, Resurrection, New Life). No, none of them went to their knees to repent in tears. But, I believe that God will honor the servant that is willing and able to ‘push forward’ in sharing the good news with a world that needs to hear it!
My encouragement for you this week is: Allow God to help you Push Forward by meditating on His word and then go talk to someone about Jesus this week that needs to hear about their sin and then the good news of what God has done!
Have a great week talking about Jesus!