By Lisa Cherry
I usually think of blessings (good things) coming as a reward for something good I do. But sometimes blessings come from the Lord for what I do NOT do.
Psalm 1:1 says: Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
Not walking "in the counsel of the wicked" means not listening to or heeding the advice and ways of the unrighteous, lost and worldly all around me. It might mean not taking help from a TV talk show or women’s magazine.
Not "standing in the way of sinners" means not imitating the fleshly actions of those not yielded to the Holy Spirit. It might mean not following my friend’s way of talking about her husband or her mother-in-law.
The "not walking" and "not standing" parts of this verse seem clear. But what does "not sitting in the seat of mockers" mean?
At first glance, we might be tempted to think as believers that we would never be mockers. But the seat of the mocker (or scoffer, as some translations say) tempts me more than I realize.
“Yes, I know God can change people, but I don’t think he’ll ever change.”
“I know God’s word says to turn the other cheek, but that just doesn’t work in my family.”
“Yes, I know God can do miracles, but most of the stuff you hear about is probably fake.”
Cynicism. Doubt. Bitterness. Mocking. And before we know it, we can miss the blessing God has planned for us, and lead our children down the wrong road too.
Lord, right now I agree with Your word in Psalm 1 and I choose to use care in how I walk, stand, and sit. Help me, God, with these three “nots,” that my family and I may experience Your blessings.