Devotional 12/29

For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit. Jeremiah 17:8

Like the palm tree, who may bend at the thrust of heavy winds, she rises again.
Beatriz Nolasco

The bible is the ultimate poetic book, it uses many similes and metaphors to describe principles and precepts for us to live prosperous and godly lives. God uses familiar things like palm trees and rivers, which we can understand, to describe other things, that are hard to explain. God gives us His presence so that we may be able to understand His plans, His ways and His word. But some people cannot understand the scriptures because they do not have the spirit of the living God inside of them, so they lean unto their own understanding. The scripture says that those who trust the Lord are to be like the trees planted by water. The bible uses cedar trees and palm trees to describe the godly people who call themselves believers.   Image result for JOHN 15:8 NLT

For the past couple of days, I’ve been speaking of being planted in God and growing; it’s not my doing, it is God’s. Palm trees are firm and strong, they grow upright, and under pressure. Palm trees also rise against heavy weight pushing them, it may seem that it is dying but it is only bending. They are also designed to be in the tropics, in sunny and hot climate, and they bear much fruit! Scripture says:

  1. We are to be planted!
  2. We are to be planted by the waters. Jesus is the living water, God’s word is the water which sanctifies us, and God’s voice is the sound of many waters.
  3. God wants our roots to stretch into the streams of water, so it is safe to say that God wants us to be rooted in HIM and His word
  4. God wants us to be resilient. When we are in the fire of temptations, testings, trials, or tribulations, even when it is uncomfortable or excruciating, God wants us to fear not! 
  5. God wants us to be confident, fruitful, faithful and care free, even while hell is breaking loose in our lives! Just like these trees, whose ‘leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit’.

The person who trusts in the Lord, is a person whose heart is like the prosperous seed, in the parable about the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 13). This heart is devoted, rooted and focused on God, and is the one who bears much fruit. The person that trusts in the Lord is not distracted, worried or seduced by outer circumstances; their heart is content, confident and single minded towards God. And this person, the one who truly trust the Lord, bears much fruit which others enjoy! Like a palm tree produces coconuts which provide refreshment, food and business; the child of God produces good works, which bring refreshment, encouragement and salvation to many!

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for producing good works in us and giving us the desire to be better sons and daughters to you. I thank you for the privilege, and ask you for greater grace to develop our gifts and talents according to your divine time and order. I pray for those people who worry, I pray you would reveal strategies to them so they may overcome. I also pray for those who are distracted, may you revive them to a stillness, where their confidence is in you. I also present those people who are struggling with disappointment and discouragement, I pray you realign their desires to desire you. In Jesus name, Amen.  
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