By Oke Chinye
Read: Isaiah 61:1-4
“…They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour”. (Isaiah 61:3).
oday’s reading refers to you as an ‘oak of righteousness’. The oak is a very tall tree between 40 and 80 feet and is said to surpass 300 years. A very interesting feature of the oak tree is the root system. It pushes downwards as deep as the height of the tree and branching out wide. It can withstand very strong storms like tornados. Even when stripped of the leaves, they survive because of the strength of their root systems. Its branches spread out wide. An oak tree has significant depth, height, and width.
So, when the bible refers to you using the symbol of an oak tree, what are the implications? As a child of God, you should have:
Depth: This speaks of a solid relationship with Jesus Christ. Your spiritual roots must be deeply embedded in Him.
Height: This speaks of your growth and maturity in Christ. You must grow in grace and knowledge of God. 2 Peter 3:18 says, “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
Breadth: This speaks of impact and influence. You were created for a purpose. Mathew 5:14-16 says “you are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”. There is a multitude that you have been called to serve. You need to find them and feed them.
Sometimes, circumstances of life cause us to forget who we are. So, we live broken, defeated, and fearful. Gideon was a mighty man. However, he was living in fear, threshing wheat in the winepress because of the Midianites. When an angel appeared to him and said “the Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor,
He queried God’s presence in His life. And the angel said to him “go in this thine
might and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. He was hiding from the same people, whom God had already given him victory over.
Do you know who you are in Christ? Are you living a victorious life in the place of your assignment or are you cowering in fear and defeat. In this new month, God is saying to you “mighty man/ woman of valor, go in this thine might. How will you respond?
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Pst (Mrs) Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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