Part 2 in a 4 part series on Psalm 37
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Something we take for granted in the free western world. But something that was of supreme importance to nomadic people in search of a place to call home. In scripture, the land held a special significance to followers of God. It represented for them God’s promises, their security, and their hope for a future.
I still think about verses that speak of the land in this way. They are God’s promises to me. And they have everything to do with my security, and my hope for a future.
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Or in today’s language, Bloom where you’re planted.
Life comes with neither a roadmap nor an instruction manual. And our journey through life is most often not a straight line from beginning to end, but instead follows its own unpredictable path with many unplanned excursions along the way. My own life has had so many unforeseen twists and turns, many exciting, some scary, that I could never have predicted its course when I stood on the cusp of adulthood. This kind of unpredictable living leads to the inevitable questioning:
What am I doing with my life?
Where is all this leading?
When will I be settled so real life can begin?
And God whispers to me to dwell. Not just to travel through, waiting for the real deal to begin. But to truly dwell in every place where He leads me. To dwell there completely by being faithful with what He has given me and with what He is asking of me.
Every stop in the journey of life is an opportunity to cultivate faithfulness, to bloom where I’m planted. And it strikes me that perhaps I sometimes ask the wrong questions. Perhaps my questions stem from a desire to walk by sight and not by faith, so that I know with certainty where this journey of life will take me. Perhaps the right questions stem from the overflow of a contented spirit whose trust is in God.
Who in my world presently needs nurturing?
What is the good work to which God has called me in this place?
How can I share acts of faithfulness with others so that God’s love is cultivated in them?
And as my gaze shifts to outwardly focused questions instead of inwardly focused ones, my heart can respond with a willingness to look to the Lord, following his lead, so that I might truly dwell in the land to which He has directed me.
Those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
His promises are ever true.