Are there times in your Christian life when you seem to grow like a weed and other times when you do not seem to grow at all or maybe even regress? Today’s devotional from a great old Puritan classic will help you understand. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Psalm 1:1-3 (ESV)
1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
“All true Christians do grow, but I do not say that they grow at all times. A tree that has life and nourishment grows to its perfection, yet it is not always growing; it grows not in winter. Christians also have their winters, wherein the influences of grace, necessary for their growth, cease…. In consequence whereof, depraved nature will gather strength and become active. What then will become of the soul? Why, there is still one sure ground of hope. The saint’s faith is not as the hypocrite’s, like a pipe laid short of the fountain, whereby there can be no conveyance: it still remains a bond of union between Christ and the soul; and therefore, because Christ lives, the believer shall live also (John 14:19)…. In the worst of times, the saints have a principle of growth in them (1 John 3:9)… Therefore, after decays, they revive again: namely, when the winter is over, and the Sun of Righteousness returns to them with his warm influences.” [Thomas Boston, Human Nature in its Fourfold State, (Grand Rapids: Associated Publishers and Authors, Inc., n.d.) p. 144-145]