A Planting of the Lord (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Laura)

“THEY WILL BE CALLED OAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, A PLANTING OF THE LORD FOR THE DISPLAY OF HIS SPLENDOR.” Isaiah 61:3

An acorn contains everything that is needed to become an oak tree. When planted, this tiny seed will take root and eventually grow into a large tree. At one time, the largest oak tree on record was in Maryland. It stood 105 feet tall, measured 32 feet in circumference and was believed to be more than 400 years old. God’s Word says that believers are a planting of the LORD. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green; and it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

The Lord plants us for His glory. Like the acorn, we have everything we need to grow and become oaks of righteousness for the display of His splendor. Our growth is indeed a process. In our culture of the immediate, we find it difficult to be in the process. Anything that grows is engaged in a series of changes. This can be painful, delightful, slow, fast, beautiful and ugly all at the same time. When I think about my life growing up, I am reminded of a wide range of experiences all of which make up “my story” for the display of His splendor.

“And we grow only as we get our nourishment and strength from God” (Colossians 2:19). Spiritual growth is such a …

rompting of your heart by the Holy Spirit
R eceiving the free gift of eternal life
O beying the voice of the Lord
C onfessing sin immediately
E xercising the fruit of the Spirit
S eeking first the Kingdom of God
S urrendering daily to the Holy Spirit’s control

Matthew talks about four different types of soil in chapter 13. The Holy Spirit works in the soil of the heart preparing it to receive the seed of God’s Word. The good soil hears and understands the Word that is sown thus beginning the process toward bearing fruit.

Pray through each of the letters in the acrostic for a time of personal evaluation asking the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth. Ask for a listening, willing heart to receive God’s seed. Let the Master Gardener tend to you. He supplies the rain, sunshine, nutrients and conditions for you to be rooted and grounded in His marvelous love. Don’t resist His process in your life.

Submit to Him in every stage, looking for new growth and trust in the LORD. Are you thriving as a planting of the LORD?

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