Sep 24, 2009, 5:03 AM
Where are you planted, by the mountainside or on a hill? Close to a river, by the roadside, or by a stream? Up on the mountaintop or down in the valley? It matters where you are planted because as a local adage puts it, it is where you are tethered that you are supposed to find pasture. How we live is important to each and every one of us, equally important for us is where we live? There is an apparent link therefore between where we live and how we live, because where we live influences how we live.
Are you living close to a bar or a night club? Persistent high noise levels must have driven you crazy particularly when you needed that much-desired rest. If you are living close to a railway track or a busy airport, similar noise levels, at odd hours in the day or night, could have wrecked your sleep endless times and got you all stressed out.
In the Bible as we read the very first psalm, the psalmist talks about "a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers." (Psalm 1:3) This is how the psalmist pictures a worthy, successful, straightforward, honest, diligent and loyal person. He does not know any hardship, no hassle. Everything he touches turns to gold. S/he is somebody that God uses and uses mightily.
Many people do not realise that their blessings are a shoot of the blessings of someone that has a close association with God. When Abraham moved out of
The tree planted by the stream of water will not lack the essentials of life because it will be watered every minute, every hour, every day and every week, every month and every year. It will not know hunger or thirst. God, the Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides, will provide for it always and it would produce its fruits as expected - at the right time, in hundredfold.
Young Joseph, the son of Jacob was another biblical character whose blessings affected all around him. Even while in prison, Joseph's blessings never waned. Joseph found favour in the eyes of the Almighty. We read in the account that "The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph's care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did." (Genesis 39:23) It did not end there. Pharaoh officially named him governor. "You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you." (Genesis 41:40)
Joseph had a mighty responsibility thrust upon him. It was one he could handle, for God had revealed it to him in a dream as an infant. From his own lips he had told his brothers: "Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it." (Genesis 37:7-7) He had another dream which he told to his brothers again. "Listen, I had another dream and this time the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me." (Genesis 37:9)
As governor of that great nation
Check where you are planted, it will make all the difference.