Are you planted? Is your foundation sure?
Throughout the scriptures there are references to those who are planted versus the ones who are “like the wave of the sea, tossed about to and fro.” The latter ones are told that they cannot expect anything from God, but the former ones are blessed. In Psalm 92 we see the privileges which come to those who are planted.
First of all, where are they planted? They are planted in the house of the Lord. Under the Abrahamic covenant the house of the Lord meant the presence of God.
When you are planted in the house of the Lord, you are planted in His presence. You are in constant contact with Him – listening, obeying, and walking with your God all the time. You are growing spiritually as you heed His instruction. Your faith grows as you see Him carry out His plans.
So what might you expect from such a life? You shall flourish like a Palm Tree. You shall bear fruit even in old age. You shall be fresh and flourishing – declaring that the Lord is good.
You shall be declaring that He is your rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
What a life! You can see that it rises above the norm. Productivity and blessing all of your days.
It pays to get planted!
There is power in humility. Honor from God comes from that attitude.
There are those who try to buck authorities in everything that they do. They try to twist the truth and take shortcuts as they pay taxes or observe other laws of the land. But that attitude doesn’t pay.
We are to have an attitude of respect for our laws and our leaders. As long as the laws don’t violate our walk with our God, we are to respect them and obey them.
So we render taxes to whom taxes are due, custom to whom customs, fear to whom fear, and honor to whom honor. (V. 7)
In this day, when we see so many leaders who are opposed to God, we have to navigate these waters very carefully. We stand up for the truth, but we still must respect the offices in which they stand. We must be honorable in our disagreement with laws. We must give honor where honor is due.
As we give honor to others, our God returns honor to us. It’s something to think about.