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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, September 17, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
In the Old Testament, a fruitful tree was often used as a symbol of godly living. Jesus pointed out what would happen to the other kind of tree–the kind that took valuable time and space and still produced nothing for the patient gardener. By this illustration Jesus warned his listeners that God would not tolerate forever their lack of productivity. Have you been enjoying God’s special treatment without giving anything in return? If so, respond to the Gardener’s patient care, and begin to bear the fruit God has created you to produce. (NLT)
Luke 13:6-9 – Then Jesus used this illustration: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s taking up space we can use for something else.’
“The gardener answered, ‘Give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, find. If not, you can cut it down.'”
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. — 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)
Peter Lundell (California) titled his story “WHEN PAPAYA TREES BREAK;” here is Peter’s story:
“My wife finally planted a papaya tree after wanting one for a very long time. We watched it grow and looked forward to the day we would eat fruit from it. One afternoon she was watering the garden, and the hose lay on the other side of the new papaya tree. . .
“Just as the hose unexpectedly damaged the papaya tree, many things can unexpectedly change or damage our lives. Debilitating diseases may scar the body. Broken relationships can lead to broken hearts. Lost jobs and foreclosed homes can wipe out years of hard work. Drugs, alcohol, and other forms of abuse can devastate families for generations.
“But God watches over each of us and cares about the brokenness in our lives. The roots of the little papaya tree are still alive in the ground, and the tree may still come back. And with God’s help, so can we all.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I face hardship or tragedy, God can help me overcome it.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us always to keep our roots deep in you so that no matter what happens, we will survive — and not only survive but overcome. Amen.
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