““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.” Job 14:7-9
Hello, how was your weekend? If you read the whole of chapter 14, it is the author (Job) who had a moment with himself thinking about the grave and afterlife. This particular verse was in comparison to man’s ending. Job had a limited understanding of the afterlife and claimed trees have hope when they die but when man dies, he is wasted away. That is not scripturally true anyway.
Out of his prose, the hope of a tree stands out for me in today’s post. Job’s observation here was, there is a sort of resurrection in the world of trees and plants; new life can sprout out of an old stump.
Look at all the factors of death against a tree here: it is cut down, the shoots are not growing, old roots, a decaying stump. Yet, once water touches the tree, the appearance of death on it gives way to new life- it grows and brings forth branches… AGAIN!
I don’t know how the first six or seven months may have turned out for you. My encouragement to you is, bounce back and flourish again from whatever setback, pain or disappointment you might have experienced.
A tree will grow again because of what touches it- water. What ‘touches’ you can be a factor to your resuscitation.
Once upon a time, a man who walked on this earth as Jesus had an interaction with a Samaritan woman talking about what Job lacked understanding of; man’s ending. He then gave the lady a clue as to who He truly was and the gift He carried.
“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But anyone who drinks the water I give will never be thirsty again. The water I give people will be like a spring flowing inside them. It will bring them eternal life.”” John 4:13-14
When the woman believed in the message of Jesus and saw Him as Lord, it was similar to drinking water. Her life now had found meaning and a purpose to it. That is hope. She then left her water pot and drew a whole city to Jesus. Your life will find meaning again and shoot forth like a tree when you smell the scent of water in Jesus.
With Jesus, you will not only find hope to keep on ticking in life. He also gives great meaning to the afterlife as well. Certainly, we are more than a tree. We will live again after death because of the gift of eternal life.
Today, I present to you Jesus, the living water!
I pray for every reader to keep hope alive! May we bounce back AGAIN! I pray that may Jesus be made real in the hearts and lives of every reader that wants to know Him. May they experience what I have truly experienced- living water. Amen!
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