God’s Key to Success

No tree has to stand in the orchard shouting, “Look at my fruit!” It doesn’t have to, because fruit speaks for itself.

Filled with a certain greatness, Psalm 1 calls us upward to live in such a way that we will be like that solid tree, drawing sustenance from the stream — and succeeding in all we do. 

He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that produces its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalm 1:3 WEB

But instead of staying near the stream and drinking from its depths, we are often drawn away by surrounding distractions or pressures of daily obligations. And like the apostle Paul, we end up neglecting the things we should do, while doing the very things we try not to do, (Romans 7:19). And we start bearing bad fruit.

But the blessed man of this Psalm bears good fruit.

Because he is wise enough to keep drinking of God’s life-giving water.

Perhaps he’s a farmer and he’s noticed that trees nearer to the stream are more luxuriant. They bear the best fruit, and more of it. So he takes extra water to those further away, knowing they’ll need it to get them through the times of drought.

And he’s also learned that arid times come to all living things. So he also drinks long and often from God’s stream of living water, preparing for the moments when his own parched soul can’t take it in. And in this way grows his faith — a faith that doesn’t wither or fade. A faith that bears good fruit.

But this blessed man doesn’t go about preaching at others.

Or spouting his knowledge. He doesn’t have to, because others already see his fruit of Christian maturity. They see his peace and joy, even in the hard and arid times of life, and seek him out to learn the source of his strength. They see his love and patience, even toward those who have wronged him, and long to have that same kind of love.

And we, likewise, need to stay planted near the stream. No, we can’t keep our nose in the Bible all the time. But we can meditate on Scripture all through the day, learning to apply it to daily happenings, and to life’s problems and worries.

And thus grow a faith that never fades or withers. A faith but bears fruit, even during times of drought, trial, or evil. And in this way, succeed in all that God wants us to do.

Is your fruit so obvious that others seek you out to discover the source of your peace and joy?

He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that produces its fruit in its season…

Psalm 1:1

IMAGES are my own.

By Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

2 replies on “God’s Key to Success”

Thank you, Sheila, for this inspiring post that sends us to prayer: “Thank you , O God, for continually working within me to grow my faith and maturity (Philippians 1:6). It IS my heart’s desire to bear fruit for you, and succeed in all you want me to do. Keep me feet on your path and my heart next to yours. Amen.”


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