September 5, 2018
Scripture: Isaiah 55:10-13; Isaiah 61:3; Psalm 92:12-15; 1 Corinthians 13:11
Read and then meditate or write in your journal anything that speaks to you.
Today’s focus is two-fold. First, think of the life cycle of a tree. As we have studied in the previous two posts, it starts as a little seed, then with the correct soil and watering, it grows from this small state into a sapling, then into a young tree, then onward and upward into something as mighty as a mature oak. Secondly, within the growth process think of all the seasonal changes this growing tree has endured. Consider the weather changes that spring, summer, fall, and winter bring each and every year. Now...think of yourself. Like a tree, our spiritual growth is an on-growing and an on-going process that endures all kinds of positive and negative circumstances as well as seasonal changes. If we choose wisely, we can allow these cycles of life to deepen our roots in God's word, and grow our faith as we reach out to Him. We have the beautiful opportunity to mature in the Lord, and to become a radiant "display of His splendor" (Isaiah 61:3). By God's grace, I have a deeper truer faith than I did twenty-five years ago, fifteen years ago, and five years ago. My growth in the Lord has not been an overnight maturing (just as a tree cannot grow overnight). Quite honestly, there has been substantial amounts of growing pains mixed in with the cherished blessings throughout the year-after-year-seasonal process. God has been faithful in each and every stage of growth, and for that I am thankful.
How about you, Soul Sister? How are you wiser today than you were when you first came to know the Lord? In what ways have you grown in your faith due to circumstances and changes in your life? Journal or share with us.
Great is you faithfulness! As we meditated today on Your word, we acknowledge that without You, we would be like "thorn bushes", but with You, we are like sturdy "cypress trees". And without You, we would be like "briers", but with You, we are like beautiful "myrtles". God, thank You for this gracious transformation! Grow us up, season after season, to become more and more like You, full of Your captivating splendor. May every change be an opportunity to trust You even more. Use our joys and our trials to transform us and to mature us, for we are "the planting of the Lord, that You may be glorified" (Isaiah 61:3). In Your name. Amen.