A different tree

Date: Saturday, May 3

ScripturePsalm 1:1-6

Verse: They are like trees planted by streams of water, / which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. / In all that they do, they prosper. (Psalm 1:3)

TreebyStreamIn my youth our family purchased Christmas trees with the roots in tact, and after Christmas we would plant them on our property. Most of them didn’t make it. There is this one tree, however, that was once decorated and placed in our living room that now towers above the roof of the house.

We started this week talking about a tree — the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. It was the forbidden fruit from this tree Adam and Eve selfishly chose to eat, the first sin. There was another tree in the Garden of Eden as well, the tree of life (Genesis 2:9). In the book of Revelation, the tree of life reappears in John’s vision of the world to come (Revelation 22:1-5). It will bear fruit and its leaves will bring healing to the nations. We look forward to that day, that tree.

In the in-between time in which we live, we are given an image of another tree, one which illustrates how we can draw defeat the power of sin in our lives. According to the psalmist, those who choose God rather than their own way, are like trees planted by a stream — constantly watered and nourished. Sticking close to God helps us bear new fruit continuously. God never abandoned Adam and Eve, and he does not abandon us. God hates our sin, but God loves us. He has given us Jesus, through whose sacrifice we know we are forgiven of our sin. When we choose him, we become the people we were created to be.

Prayer: When I wander from your stream, O God, draw me closer to you once more. Amen.

Action: Go for a hike/walk/ride/drive today taking special note of the trees.

Respond: Share a memory you have of a special tree? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” or “1 (or more) Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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