Walk Upright In Righteousness

If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3 NKJV)

Ever since my wife and I decided to grow a garden, I have learned more and more about the nature of this life on Earth. Our garden is very small compared to some and I must not have had any prior experience growing fruits or vegetables. I am a beginner and we are learning so much.

The more work we put into the garden, the better it seems to grow. When we are busy and therefore, work the garden less, it’s tendency is to go wild and do whatever it wants. Last year, we dabbled in gardening and we barely had any produce at all. This year has been an entirely different story because of one change: the foundation.

We live in Kansas and the dirt here is extremely dry. It is almost like rock or clay in some areas. And the weeds, bugs… Let’s just say that last year, our garden never stood a chance. This year, I brought in soft, irrigated soil. I would call it a 180 degree turnaround.

I believe that we are like the plants in that garden. It seems that there are many things that try to tear down a plant – fungus, wind, insects, heat, hail, etc. It seems like it takes a lot of work, good conditions, patience, hope, despair :-), to make it grow.

Much like the plants in our garden, it is not easy to stand upright in this life. I believe that standing upright is to live in righteousness. It is doing the small things right everyday. Trust the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul and mind. We must labor to build strong foundations: in our gardens, in our homes, etc. Do we think it is going to be any easier in our faith? We must have strong foundations to not be beaten down, pushed aside, made irrelevant. Righteousness must be able to stand on firm foundations.

Whether we like it or not, wickedness exists on the Earth; both in spirits and in people. Their joy is violence and their goal is to aim their attacks at the “upright in heart.” Stand boldly with confidence in the Lord. For He looks gladly upon the upright and loves the righteous.

The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup. For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright. (Psalm 11:5-7 NKJV)

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