There is little in life that is more uplifting than reaping the benefits of our spiritual endeavors. What is more encouraging than watching a prayer that is being answered? What is more comforting than knowing that God is pleased with our worship and prayers?
When we commit ourselves to His Word, honoring it and digesting it on a regular basis, God uses it to change us. The truest image of that process is the picture of the tree.
The Bible has a special relationship with trees. The Tree of Life is in the Garden of Eden and it’s there in the last chapter of the Book of Revelation. In between those pages, trees are used to represent true life, unyielding strength, flourishing health, rest from labor, shade from the sun, shelter from the storm and unmoving faithfulness. God is telling you that He can make you into those things.
Please, go read that last line again. God’s plan for you is to be just like that tree. You can be the unmoving and faithful godly one in your family, your church and your community. God can use you in such a way that people refresh themselves in you and take strength and courage from you.
How? Read the Word. Immerse yourself in it. Build your life upon it. It will not disappoint and you will not be found wanting. God’s Word will plant your roots deep and securely in His ground and make you a blessing to others.
“The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon planted in the house of the LORD. They will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green to declare that the LORD is upright. He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”