“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper… For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.”
So often we are quick to blame someone else when we find ourselves in a bit of trouble. God seems to be the prime target. However we need to be aware of a natural process of life – we reap what we sow (Gal 6:8). Of course, as God’s children, there are times when we come up against hardships that seem unfair or unjustified; for example, when we are persecuted for following Jesus (Matt 5:11). Although we are unfairly persecuted during those times, we can rest in peace because of our right standing with God through our faith in Jesus. However, in some circumstances, we so easily look to blame others without looking at how we may have caused the heartache or been involved.
1:1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.