I need structure. I need rules. I need God. This is what the Bible told me when I opened it today.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers. Rather, the law of the LORD is his joy; and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season; Its leaves never wither; whatever he does prospers.
But not so are the wicked, not so! They are like chaff driven by the wind. Therefore the wicked will not arise at the judgment, nor will sinners in the assembly of the just. Because the LORD knows the way of the just, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
We all face wickedness, sometimes from within, sometimes it surrounds us. It can be easy to be swayed by popular opinion, by what the world thinks is good, by whatever is “in” right now. If we do not have a foundation, if we do not have God’s word, his law, it is much easier for us to get tossed about by whatever way the wind blows. But it we focus on God’s word, on his law, if we focus on God, we become planted in fertile soil, nourished by God’s flowing river, by His love. Like a tree we may sway with the tumultuous winds around us, but we are firmly rooted in God. We won’t get swept up in the wickedness around us.
God, Your word is my joy! I want my roots planted deep and strong! Help me to make the time to nourish and strengthen my roots in you.