Who is Ungodly?

Psalm One says that a blessed person (1) avoids sin, (2) loves God’s Word, (3) meditates on God’s Word, and (4) is like a tree planted by the rivers of water. Whatever he does will prosper (Psalm 1:1-3). But, an ungodly person [1] does not avoid sin, [2] does not love God’s Word, [3] does not meditate on God’s Word, and [4] is not like a tree planted by rivers of water. So, what is he like?

The Bible says, “The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away” (Psa. 1:4). “Chaff” is the outer layer that covers grain while it is growing. Wheat can be baked into bread, but first, the wheat must be separated from the chaff. In Bible times, people would thresh or beat wheat to remove the chaff. Next, they would winnow the wheat by tossing it into the air. Wind would blow away the light chaff, while the heavy wheat would fall to the ground in piles. People would be glad to get rid of the worthless chaff and happy to keep the good wheat.

Years ago a deaf man wanted to change his life. He was not a mean man, but he was not happy with his ungodly lifestyle. He told me that he tried and tried to do right. I asked if he read his Bible. He signed, “Never!” That was his problem. He had lots of sinful influence from the world – lots of sinful thoughts, but he had no godly influence from the Bible. He was not like a strong tree that could stand against the wind (bad influences). He was like chaff – light and easy to lead into sin.

Think About Yourself

Are you godly or ungodly? Are you like a tree with deep roots, or, are you like chaff? Will you stand strong through life, or will you be blown away when tempted to sin?
Cease to do evil … Learn to do well”  – Isaiah 1:16,17

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