Blessed [happy] is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3 (King James Version)
We’ve all been warned to “watch your step” to avoid slipping, tripping or falling. Whether it be a warning from a concerned bystander or signs that are strategically posted to encourage safety. Naturally, we take heed to such warnings to prevent harm, injury and possibly death. Spiritually, we should be just as aware and regard all signals and warnings that God has caringly placed along our journey of life. We could avoid so much heartache, disappointment, sleepless nights, and stress if we would only beware of slips, trips and falls. We must take the same precautions spiritually just as we do naturally. God is constantly warning us to watch our step.
I’m not sure about you, but I for one want to be a blessed [happy] person. It is imperative that we have a desire to avoid trappings that can easily beset us. We must take heed to the “watch your step” sign that God has purposefully posted in clear sight. The above scriptures describes the progression of how we can find ourselves in precarious situations because we fail to “watch our step.” First, the scripture admonishes us to be careful of the advice and guidance by which we walk or live by. Today we have an abundance of information, tips, and advice made readily available to us, but we should filter out anything that is contrary to the principles of God. Secondly, we should carefully consider where we choose to stand because when we are standing [inactive] we can be easily influenced by our surroundings. Therefore, the scripture warns us to not stand in the way [path] of ungodliness. Third, we should be extremely careful of where we sit down to relax and rest. We should seek out an encouraging environment that is conducive to peace, growth and confirmation.
We are blessed when we delight ourselves in the teachings and instructions of God. As a result of studying and being doers of God’s Word we are not barren spiritually but well nourished, fruitful and prosperous. Beware! Watch your step.
3 John 1:2