“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
According to science, a tree is a perennial plant that consists of an elongated stem, or trunk, supporting branches and leaves in most species. These plants are living organisms, which suggests that- like humans- they share certain characteristics and also undergo certain processes such as growth, reproduction, respiration, excretion, movement etc.
Now, humans or Christians/believers in our case can be likened to the branches of this tree. Jesus speaking in John 15 declares that He is the vine and that we His disciples are the fruit-bearing branches (verse 5). Jesus in this chapter expects us to be fruit producers- in character, being more like Him; and in exploits- all things pertaining to expanding the kingdom and the winning of souls.
Like Peter, there are many Christians who at one point or another in their journey with the Lord has betrayed the Lord. They have become complacent; their hearts have turned cold and have become hardened; they have unconsciously backslidden and become slothful in business, bankrupt of spiritual fervency; and have developed a lack of urgency in their service towards God.
The good news however is that we serve a God who is longsuffering towards us, not willing that anyone should perish and that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). His hands are ever so much wide opened waiting for us to run back to Him like the prodigal son did the moment he realised that he could be in a better place/condition/situation than where he found himself at the time. The prodigal son here can be likened to a branch of a tree that was once cut off from his father but later restored.
Do you feel distant from God at this moment, are you less aware of His presence, work, and grace in your life? Perhaps like this tree you have been cut down in one way or the other, and consequently your connection with Abba has also been impeded and disrupted hindering the flow of His manifest presence in your life.
The word of God for you today is “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19, NKJV).
According to our anchor scripture, the tree that is cut down will only bud and bring forth branches like a plant at the scent of water; which means that restoration occurs only on the premise of the availability, outpour and abundance of water.
Water is an element that biblically represents the ministry of Word of God (Ephesians 5:26) and the ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39). The presence and synergy of these two is what acts as a catalyst that triggers the activation of the restoration of men.
I pray that may the Lord send forth His dew from heaven and cause a great rejuvenation and revitalisation of your spirit, soul, and body in this season even as we return to the table of showbread- engaging the word; and as we reignite our fellowship with the Spirit in the place of prayer. Amen.