“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” (Psalm 92:12)
Why does God compare righteousness to a palm tree? Perhaps He uses this analogy because you can cut a palm tree but not kill it. Other trees obtain their nutrition from the bark of the tree, but the palm tree gets its nutrition at the heart of the tree.
When we go through life, people will try to cut you down, but we have to be like the palm tree. Even though they cut us, they can not kill our spirit.
A palm tree bends but never breaks. As the storm blows, the palm tree will bend and almost touch the ground, but when the storm is over, it will stand stronger than ever before. As we go through the storms of life, the stronger we become.
“Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Colossians 1:11)
When everyday stressors come into our lives, may we find strength and grace from the Lord to perhaps bend but never to break.
The depth of the palm tree exceeds its height. In an effort to look for water, the palm tree’s roots go deeper into the ground. Jesus calls us to a deeper relationship with Him.
The only way you can get deep is to study the Word of God for yourself.
“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” (Psalm 42:1)
The word “panteth” expresses an eagerness and fervency of desire. It can be compared to an extreme thirst by an animal searching for nourishment. We develop our faith through our eagerness to study His Word. God alone can provide the proper refreshment.
When the storm comes and you say “Why me?” you are not deep. When you say “How can I learn from this situation?” you are on your way to spiritual maturity.
David Jeremiah uses an illustration regarding twelve men who had been kidnapped. They were all asked to deny Christ or lose their lives. One by one, they kept their commitment to God and were killed. The last man was not even part of their group but was in the area doing business. He did not know them, and was not even a Christian. As he witnessed the deep commitment of the other men who gave their lives rather than deny Christ, he was moved. When he was asked to deny Christ, he said he had seen all eleven men die for their faith and he too decided to take a stand for Christ. What a testimony, that within seconds, this man chose to become righteous like a palm tree.
May our commitment to Christ be so deep, that we develop roots of righteousness like the roots of a palm tree.