The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree,
He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
We all have an idea of what makes a man (or woman) righteous; and our opinions may differ in many ways. Even non-Christians have ideas of what makes a good person; as a boy I had ideas based on what I had learned from my parents, but my ideas as an unsaved sinner were flawed. But in the Bible God tells us many times what His standard for a righteous man is; today’s verse is one of these. It may appear strange that God would compare a righteous person to a tree, two trees to be precise. But there are very good reasons for this, let me briefly share my thoughts on this.
“The righteous man will flourish” clearly details the reward of the righteous for their chosen lifestyle; they will bloom and will spread. They will produce good flowers/fruit wich will bless those around them, reaching beyond their immediate vicinity. When your walk with God blesses folk, they share this with those they meet in due time.
A palm is a stately slow growing tree over many years; and is not affected by seasonal variations in weather which affect other trees. It stands there producing fruit from year to year regardless of conditions, even into their old age. All parts of the palm are used used by the native peoples. The Cedar tree is one of the tallest most majestic and strongest of trees; used in the construction of beautiful palaces and temples throughout history. The strength and durability of these mighty trees comes from their huge roots and longevity.
Dear reader, how are your roots? Are they soaking in God and His Word? Have you been growing in Holiness, producing Holy fruit to your Father God’s glory, regardless of the sinful world around you?
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
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