|“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree … planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” – Psalm 92:12-15 |
The Bible promises that those who are righteous “will flourish like a palm tree.” These trees provide an important comparison: They could thrive even in hot, dry, remote areas. The picture is clear: God wants to bless us just like those palm trees. There may be sin all around us, but, if we are righteous before God, He can cause us to flourish with blessings that never fade. He promises that we will “still bear fruit in old age” and “stay fresh and green.” Psalm 1 made a similar declaration, where blessings were promised for those who don’t “walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers” (v. 1). If we delight in His law and meditate on it day and night, we will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” (v. 3). We will prosper in whatever we do. The Bible urges us to realize that God wants us to be fruitful in everything we do – finances and health, relationships and spiritual life. This starts as we believe His promises and put them into practice in our lives. No matter what is going on around you if you are faithful to Him and live according to His principles, God can make you flourish like a palm tree.
Read: Psalm 92
|“The Amalekites had carried out an attack … and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; and they took captive the women and all who were in it … and drove them off.” – 1 Samuel 30:1-2 |
While David and his men were on a mission, the Amalekites raided their camp and captured their possessions and loved ones. It seemed that everything had been lost. There was no hope. David’s men blamed him for the loss and even discussed stoning him. In this seemingly hopeless situation, David turned to God. David might have been angry or worried, but he still cried out for God’s intervention. Then, having been assured by God, he acted on the word he received, believing God could do what seemed impossible: all the captured people and possessions would be saved. As David acted in faith, God performed a miracle, turning tragedy into triumph. All the women and children who had been captured were returned. And all the stolen goods were recovered. God even blessed David with more than he had before, as he came to possess his enemy’s flocks. Out of what seemed like a tragedy, God brought about overwhelming blessings. These are lessons for us. We might feel discouraged when we face situations that seem hopeless. Instead, like David, we should pray and commit these situations to God. We should stand on His Word and continue walking by faith. No matter how things look on the surface, we should trust Him and believe He can perform miracles. Don’t be governed by doubt or worry. Commit every situation to God. Even situations that seem hopeless. Trust Him. Practice living by faith.
Read: 1 Samuel 30