Life's Daily Challenge Devotional


Tree planted by water

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers," Psalm 1:1-3.

"By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing," Ezekiel 47:12.

“Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations," Revelation 22:1-2.

Blessed tree of God,

The garden started with two trees. One brought life, the other, death. The old saying is true...“You are what you eat.” We become one with the spiritual tree we partake of. God gave us the law of the harvest in the book of Genesis. Each seed bears after its own kind (Genesis 1:11). The fruit that we consume bears spiritual seed within us. This is a complicated way of saying that our choices to be governed by our own rational, independent thinking make us ministers of death. People will be influenced by our lives in ways that encourage them to be more independent from God. “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, Romans 8:5-6.” Please remember that you don’t have to be six feet under to be dead. Every thought, decision and act outside the counsel of God is a deviation from His life-giving purposes. Creation feels the groaning of a culture and generation grounded in the futile tree of humanistic knowledge (Romans 8:18-21). Its fruit breeds existence without any hope of abundant life.

The point of all this is this: Continued sustenance from the Spirit of God will produce the right tree within you. You will begin to take on the characteristics and bear the fruit of the Tree of Life (Jesus). You draw your strength and ability from His nature and become an extension of His own ministry. You do His works rather than your own. In essence, you become a vessel through which He can express His own goodness and glory.

To become one with this tree, there are many seasons you must endure. You must be firmly planted beside the living waters of God’s Spirit. You must also endure and overcome ungodly counsel, break sin’s power over your life through the Word of God, and resist the temptation to become bitter and scornful through your trials. Powerful ministry and manifold blessings await the one who will allow the Holy Spirit to take them the distance. Many are called. Here’s hoping and praying that you are among the few who are chosen (Matthew 20:16).

Until God graces me to share again,

Randall Paul Pipes