For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.” Job 14:7-9 GW

A plantation which covers a huge expanse of land constitutes part of my view en route to work. Some months ago when the weather was quite hot, I noticed that a huge part of this was burnt down. My initial thought was maybe the caretakers decided this was a quicker method (albeit not environmentally friendly) of clearing the land for whatever reason. It didn’t sit very well with me though, as I’d heard lots of money was invested into the project; the kind of trees destroyed are being used as biofuel in other parts of the world, and I wasn’t sure how if they were local to the area. Turns out the fire wasn’t artificial at all; it was a bush fire.  The view that was the outcome of the bush fire for the next few weeks was rather gloomy (with ash and charcoal). Many times in my mind, I had wondered about the money invested and what preventive measures could have been taken.

Fast forward to some weeks later, the weather was milder and there’d been some rain. I was almost gobsmacked a few days ago when I was greeted with beautiful greenery (I was away for some days). I was shocked and had to ask if the fire had indeed spread to my ‘realisation moment’ point; the answer was in the affirmative. WATER MADE THE DIFFERENCE, as today’s text shows us. Even though the bush fire knocked much of the life out of the plantation, its roots were still in place underneath the soil. That was why it could bud when it got some rain.  

Perhaps, some situations in your life are similar to the vegetation destroyed by the fire. I just want to remind you if you can read this, THERE IS HOPE! 

Amongst other things, the Word of God is likened to water (Ephesians 5:26). Would you let God’s Word today breathe life/resurrect/bring hope to your dead/hopeless situation?

Some suggestions on how you may do so:

  1. Find out what the Bible says about that situation;
  2. Spend time praying and meditating on the Scripture(s), till you’re more excited about what the Word of God says, than you are depressed about the hopelessness of your situation;
  3. Boldly declare the Scripture(s), and stick to your belief and confession even if it doesn’t look like much is happening on that regard yet.

Jesus speaking to his disciples encouraged them to “…Have faith of God” Mark 1:22b LITV. The kind of faith God has and exhibits believes, speaks and reaps the harvest of the fruit of His words (Genesis 1:3-27; Mark 11:22-24; 2 Corinthians 4:13). He watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).

By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:3 AMP

Prayer and Confession:

Father, as I water my hopeless situation with your Word, everything dead or hopeless would be brought back to life, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in this season. I choose to believe the truth of Your Word over my hopelessness and I am victorious because Jesus won the victory for me. Thank you Father, in Jesus name, amen!

Not sure if it’s an expression but, HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY πŸ™ƒ

JESUS made today worth celebrating πŸŽ‰πŸ’ƒ

God bless youπŸ™‚

Β© Lydia Ndagilaya for PneumaWord

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