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.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers. – Psalm 1:1-3
It occurred to me the other day that the old saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” is not entirely accurate. It should really be, “The road to hell is paved with man’s good intentions.” The path to heaven is paved with God’s intentions, and His intentions are always good. The life of the righteous man can then be defined as one that fulfills God’s intentions.
The Psalmist paints a beautiful picture of a life that is perfectly in step with God’s intentions for His children. He has good relationships. His happiness comes from God’s truth. He is firmly planted where he can be sustained. He is spiritually productive and he brings prosperity to the world around him. This is the kind of man my family deserves, but does not yet have.
I need to be more concerned about God’s intentions. For the sake of my family, I need to be a man who guards his relationships. I need to be a lover of the Word and a tree with deep roots. I need to abide with God so that He can provide for the needs of others through me.
Lord, help me be a man of Your good intentions. Let me live a life that enriches the lives of those around me. Make me a blessing. Amen.