For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water. The strong shall be as tinder, and the work of it as a spark; both will burn together, and no one shall quench them. -Isaiah 1:30, 31 (NJKV)
As I write this blog I can hear the sound of the riding mower outside. My son isn’t cutting grass, but rather he is getting up the last of the fallen leaves. The church parsonage, where we have called home for nearly fifteen years, is surrounded by trees and forest, so raking all the leaves from the yard is a task that usually extends well into November. Those leaves have faded and fallen, and we will not see new growth on the trees until next March or April. Perhaps that seems like a long time, but be patient and forge ahead through winter, for a beautiful spring will be here soon.
The Word of God says that those who go against God will be like the leaves of an Oak tree that have faded and fallen lifeless to the ground. They were glorious for awhile, but now they have fallen. This is a poignant picture of those who make the fateful decision to go against Almighty God. As the Scripture reminds us, there is a way that seems right to us, but in the end it leads to death (Proverbs 14:12).
The best choice for a blessed life is to trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and then live a life that honors God. Many believe this is an impossible task, but if that were so God would not have told us in His Word that we are called to do so. The way of the world is to exclude God from our thoughts and our decisions. But in the end the consequences of this are dire and eternal. The Lord invites us to come to Him in faith and walk under His blessings and guidance. Make that right choice today and invite Jesus Christ into your heart. If you are a believer who has grown cold and indifferent, then ask God to stir the fire of faith in your heart. The Lord is always willing to inspire, help, and empower us when we seek Him
The troubled soul finds new life, hope, peace, and joy through faith in the Lord. Look to Christ today.