Throughout history, the pages of Scripture bear witness to those who have experienced the transformative power of faith. From Noah building the ark amidst ridicule and doubt, to the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, and the countless miracles performed by Jesus, we find a tapestry of faith woven into the very fabric of human existence.

In our own lives, we too have experienced the ebb and flow of trials and tribulations. We have faced moments of doubt, uncertainty, and perhaps even felt on the verge of giving up. Yet, it is precisely in those moments that faith has the potential to become our lifeline.

Just yesterday, revival was spreading everywhere, our faith evergreen, and yet today, it seems that many of us, including myself, have chosen to pursue worldly gains and wealth, even if it means straying from God’s will. We are witnessing a growing phenomenon that deeply concerns us all—the erosion of faith in our loving Creator, God.

Some Friends and family avoiding conversations of faith and godliness, the existence of God and the ideology of Heaven or hell. Loosing perspectives about life through Gods view and seeking satisfaction in unknown places have made us become comfortable walking in the paths of sinners and embracing the company of those who scorn godly values. It is disheartening to witness how, in just a few short years, we have deviated from our solemn pledge of allegiance to God to seeking riches through means we never imagined.

The erosion of faith is a gradual process, often marked by compromises and subtle shifts in priorities. But how did this happen, you may ask? The answer lies in the moments when we allowed ourselves to relax in our faith, becoming complacent and neglecting the watchfulness that was required of us. We let our guard down when there were pressing needs or desires tugging at our hearts, and in those vulnerable moments, seeds of compromise were sown.

Instead of remaining steadfast in our belief, we succumbed to the allure of worldly success and material wealth. We compromised our principles and made choices that were contrary to God’s will, all in the pursuit of temporary gains. We became entangled in the pursuit of personal ambitions, forsaking the true purpose and meaning of our faith.

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.” (Psalm 1:1, NIV)

The psalm begins with the word “blessed,” indicating that the writer is highlighting the state of true happiness and well-being that comes from living in accordance with God’s ways. The psalmist describes this blessedness by outlining what the righteous person does not do. As children of God we have the privilege of attaining Righteousness based on the Works of Christ not ours. Millions of tempting suggestions fly in the air, making God’s way a less attractive option.

The scripture mentions that, the righteous individual does not “walk in step with the wicked.” Implying a deliberate choice not to follow the patterns and behavior of those who oppose God’s principles. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining moral integrity and not being influenced by the ungodly values and actions of the world. Regrettably, the actions of some individuals within religious communities have shaken the faith of many. When leaders or believers fail to embody the teachings they proclaim, there’s the creation of disillusionment and a loss of trust in the institutions they represent. What is more hurtful is when the Bible verse ’touch not the anointed of God’ is used as an excuse to prevent people from addressing the concern. Instances of hypocrisy and moral failures have left wounds on the souls of those of us seeking spiritual guidance.

Does not “stand in the way that sinners take.” This suggests a refusal to participate in sinful activities or adopt the lifestyle and mindset of those who openly rebel against God’s commands. The rise of secularism, moral relativism, and the rejection of traditional values have influenced societal perceptions of faith. The notion of absolute truth is increasingly challenged, creating an environment that is less conducive to nurturing and developing a vibrant faith in God. Many people now prefer a more flexible and tolerant approach, embracing the “grey” area instead of strict “black and white” thinking. This shift can be attributed to, beliefs that truth is subjective, acceptance of diverse perspectives, acknowledgment of complexity, fear of extreme views, and a focus on personal freedom.

While it’s important to understand different perspectives, we must also maintain discernment and not compromise absolute truths.

Does not “sit in the company of mockers.” This signifies a deliberate avoidance of association with those who scorn or ridicule godly wisdom and principles. It encourages us to surround ourselves with like-minded individuals who encourage and uplift our faith, rather than with those who belittle or undermine our commitment to God. 1 Corinthians 15:33, which states, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits'” (NKJV). Skepticism has taken root in the hearts of many due to the age of rapid advancement and access to vast knowledge. Doubts creep in, questioning the very existence of a benevolent God in the face of suffering, injustice, and unfulfilled desires.

James 1:6-8 "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."

Rationality and logic are highly valued, sometimes overshadowing the spiritual realm.

People are struggle with their faith because they have never truly experienced a profound encounter with God. If one has not tasted the sweetness of a personal relationship with the Divine, faith can remain distant and very abstract. Personal experiences of God’s love, mercy, and guidance are vital in establishing and deepening our faith. I remember those old time prayer topic “lord I want to have a personal encounter with you’, it’s all fading, leaving behind “ lord show your power”.

Faith can falter when we struggle to reconcile our understanding of the world with the concept of an all-powerful and loving God. Some parents would invest all they have educating their child with almost no theological training but rather leave them at the mercy of the Society which is separate from God.

Brothers and sisters, let this serve as a wake-up call for each of us, it’s never too late to turn back, to realign our lives with God’s purpose, and to rediscover the joy and blessings that come from wholeheartedly seeking and serving Him.

The lure of worldly riches is powerful, but it is fleeting and ultimately unsatisfying.

As we meditate on Psalm 1:1,

Let us reflect on our own lives and ask ourselves whether we are walking, standing, or sitting in the wrong places. May we strive to be mindful of our choices, seeking to surround ourselves with people and influences that strengthen our faith and draw us closer to God. By doing so, we can experience the blessedness that comes from a life rooted in righteousness and devotion to our loving Creator.

Let us remember that, we are called to be intentional in our choices, associations, and influences. It challenges us to assess the paths we are walking on, the company we keep, and the values we embrace.

Let us remember, blessedness of a life lived and rooted in God encompasses intimacy with Him, inner peace, purpose and direction, transformation and growth, provision and blessings, and the hope of eternal life. It is a life marked by God’s presence, guidance, and abundant grace, which brings fulfillment and true joy.

Let us remember that our true treasure lies in our relationship with God and the eternal rewards He has promised us. It is time to reevaluate our priorities and recommit ourselves to living in alignment with God’s truth.

Let us repent for the times we have strayed from the path, for the moments we have pursued personal gain at the expense of our spiritual well-being. May we seek forgiveness and turn our hearts back to God, surrendering our ambitions and desires to His divine will. Let us be vigilant in guarding our faith, resisting the temptations that seek to lead us astray.

Let us Remember, true fulfillment and lasting wealth are found in faithfully following God’s commandments and walking in His ways.

Let us fix our eyes on the eternal and live with a sense of purpose that transcends the transient pleasures of this world. May our lives be a testimony to the transforming power of God’s grace and a testament to the riches that can only be found in Him.

Let us, In unity and with hearts renewed, press forward, restoring our faith, and reclaiming the joy of a life lived in complete surrender to God’s will. May we be beacons of light in a world consumed by darkness, inspiring others to return to their first love and rediscover the abundant blessings that come from wholeheartedly seeking and serving our loving Creator.

Let us remember Remember, it is never too late to rekindle the fire of faith within us and realign our lives with God’s purpose.

Let us embark on this journey together, supporting and encouraging one another, as we strive to live lives that honor and glorify our faithful and gracious God. God is our help!!