The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 41:19
I will put in the desert
(Even when we are confronting a desert place in our lives,
the Lord replaces the brush and harsh thorns of those desert places
with a planting of these trees to turn our desert into bloom.)
the cedar and the acacia,
Formerly, He had used the cedar and acacia
in building the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant,
God’s sanctuary and mercy seat in the Old Testament,
because of their strength and durability.
The biblical cedar represents the believer in its beauty and strength,
its slowness to growing to full maturity, its sweet-smelling fragrance,
its resistance to insect invasion, and being green and thriving in all seasons.
The acacia tree, also known as the shittim, with twisted trunks and thorny branches,
grows into an umbrella-shaped tree, and is also a hard wood resistant to insects,
but producing a gum that serves as a binder.
It is a picture of believers whose foundation may be gnarled and twisted
as we experience the hardships in life
and yield to the maturing of the Lord in our lives,
but who serve as a shelter for others who are lost in the desert
and who serve as a binding agent, pointing those around us to Christ.)
the myrtle and the olive.
The myrtle, an evergreen tree, known for its fragrant scent and edible berries
and used in the Feast of Tabernacles to wave before the Lord in thanksgiving,
is a picture of God’s blessings and reflects the believers’ praise to the Lord
for His provision and harvest after the difficulties of the planting and gathering.
The olive tree growing to hundreds of years old
is a picture of the source of the oil of blessing and peace of God
graphically displayed when the dove brought back an olive branch to Noah’s ark.
We as believers are a source of the Lord’s blessing poured out over His creation
and bringing the message of peace to His people.
The blessing and peace of God lasting throughout the ages
provides believers with a picture of His deliverance.)
I will set junipers in the wasteland,
The juniper tree is a prolific shrub that grows in difficult surroundings
and whose wood is good for heat and also shelters from the sun and wind and sand,
the tree under which Elijah lay for shelter when he was worn and troubled.
It is a picture of the believer who flourishes even in the desert
and becomes a shelter for others around him.)
the fir and the cypress together,
The fir and cypress are also evergreen trees whose wood was used for ship building,
house rafters, and musical instruments, a picture of the believer
whose frame survives the ocean waves of life,
whose sturdy covering makes strong the believer who bases his house in Christ,
and whose life is an instrument of worship to the Lord.
Today, the Lord will build His dwelling place and establish His mercy seat
in the desert of our lives and make our life bloom into beauty and purpose!)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ’s love,


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