I am surrounded by trees and often don’t even think about them. The other day, though, I was laying in the yard and staring up at the tree I was under. A breeze was stirring through its leaves, causing the sun to glimmer through the beautiful green and cast the perfect cozy summer warmth down upon me, and I thought, trees are amazing. They offer shade, protection, food, fuel, makings for furniture, etc.
Then I got to thinking about how often trees are used as illustrations in Scripture. I love trees as an illustration for us as Christians.
Jer 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Trees are also often incredibly resilient.
Job 14:7-9 “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.”
Psa 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Pro 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”
Rev 22:14 “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”
Being a tree though means we need water. Where do we get water?
Jhn 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Rev 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”
Challenge: Be that one who trusts in the Lord, and delights in His law, and who ask Him for His living water.