BLESSED LIKE A TREE
As I went out today I took special note of the trees. There’s something about trees that reminds me of the faithfulness of God. Trees live very long, sometimes longer than the people in the environment where they are. That is why one of the best prayers for longevity is, “May your days be like the days of a tree,” inspired by Isaiah 65:22.
Trees are also very resilient. They can survive fire, drought, pests, etc.
The Bible assures us that we shall flourish like the palm tree, one of the most flexible, adaptive and infinitely useful trees in existence.
“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” – Psalm 92:12 (KJV)
Palm trees sway and bend in winds, even those of hurricane force and snap right back when they pass while other trees, houses, etc. are flattened. I hope you are catching a revelation here.
So if our confidence is in God, tough times and the knocks of life will find it hard to knock us out.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.
“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8 (ESV)
Even when problems and circumstances bring us down, we have a distinct chance of rising for the Bible testifies that:
“7. … there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.
8. Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the soil,
9. yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant.” – Job 14:7-9 (ESV)
And if you’re getting on in years, God releases the blessing that your strength shall equal your days (Deut. 33:25) and that you shall remain productive as He promised in the tree analogy earlier cited from Psalm 92.
“They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;” – Psalm 92:14 (KJV)
May all these promises above be your portion as you make God Almighty Lord of your life through Christ our Saviour. Amen in Jesus’ name.