sunset towards hills

Day 36 For there is hope of a tree

I have to say trees are wonderful, don’t you just love them? I have not seen one that is the same, they are all different. Today was a good day. The sunset shows trees sprouting up, new life, with the Hills in the background. We have to have good days and God wants us to have good days, He wants us to have a full and vibrant life, but one that is led by Him.

Job 14:7

For there is hope for a tree,
    if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
    and that its shoots will not cease.

The book of Job at first seems so full of woe and lament, and it is a gritty book to get to grips with, but I have found wonderful nuggets with Job that have helped my daily life. We must of course read the Bible in context on all occasions but I have a tendency to just pick it up occasionally and just randomly read bits. In this bit Job is expressing his view that we as humans are cut short from this life when we die, unlike a tree which can sprout again, and so we should enjoy this given life while we have it. He did believe he would live after death if sins where forgiven.

What gives me hope today is the knowledge that our sins are forgiven through Jesus’ blessed sacrifice on the tree at calvary. Like a tree regrowing to look again new, we shall live anew with God if we stay firm in the faith.

Numbers 17:8

Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.

Our lives like the rod of Aaron can shoot forth buds, and produce fruits. Today was a good day, because not only did I manage to dwell on God and ask his help at various points, I saw the Holy Spirit at work through children helping one another through compassion. There is hope in the world of a tree – the tree of calvary, believe and confess Jesus is my Lord and saviour and she shall send the Holy Spirit through baptism.

I pray for more children to be led by the Holy Spirit into acts of kindness and compassion for all. I pray that we are all led by the Holy Spirit to more and more call out “Here I am Lord, send me!”

Amen

with blessings

Graham

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