Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the LORD, and they study it day and night. They are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the right time, and whose leaves do not dry up. They succeed in everything they do.
But evil people are not like this at all; they are like straw that the wind blows away. Sinners will be condemned by God and kept apart from God’s own people. The righteous are guided and protected by the LORD, but the evil are on the way to their doom.
(Psalms chapter 1 GNB)
This starts like something Jesus said on the Sermon on the Mount. But ends like a Proverb. Either way you look at it, it’s sound advice. There’s really not a lot of explanation needed with this chapter (yes, this is the whole chapter). The question is, “Who are you?” Are you the one who delights in the Law (Words and teachings of the Bible) and who will be planted in a stable and healthy spiritual environment?
Or are you the one who scoffs and rejects Jesus? Know that if you are the latter, your end will not be good. You might think you are happy now, and for a time your will enjoy life. Just remember, life is eternal. The question is where, and with whom, will you spend eternity?
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