Ps 37:17, 27-29 - Sustainability *
Vs 17 says, "The Lord SUSTAINS the righteous!" This is on the heels of talking about Doing Good and Cultivating Faithfulness (vs 3), and Delighting yourself in Him and His response in granting you the desires of your heart (your re-born spirit, vs 4), and Committing to Him your way and Trusting in Him (vs 5). Once you have gone through this process what pops out on the other end? A RIGHTEOUS Person (vs 6). And when you're righteous you simply must Rest and Be Patient (vs 7). Why? So you can inherit the land (vs 9). What land? Whatever land it is that God wants to bring you into - that land is different for everyone. He wants you to inherit His promised land for you but you have to go through His process first! What process? The one I just outlined above. And the only way you can rest in Him and wait upon Him is to be humble in spirit (vs 11), because the humble receive God's grace and the humble receive God's land!!
The evil aren't going to like this very much, because you're taking the land they once had and you're doing it without even trying. But God will be your protector and He will SUSTAIN you, meaning He will make sure that you can remain in this land FOREVER (vs 17, 27-29). How will they be sustained forever? By being producers and not consumers (vs 21, 24-25). The righteous lend, they don't borrow. They don't beg, they provide. Because of their righteousness they are not of the mindset of "getting" anything - they are of the mindset of "giving" everything. So long as we just wait for the Lord and keep to His way, we will see all of this come to pass (vs 34). All of this happens because the righteous take refuge in Him (vs 40) - they find their solace in Him! Their comfort is found in Him!
This is a beautiful picture of what happens when you are Transformed by God's spirit on the inside, resulting in you being a Producer and not a Consumer, a Value-creator in whatever situation you find yourself in, receiving Profit in all your relationships and business dealings, thus bringing about true Sustainability so that you can burn but never burn out!
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