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Unwatered Garden

I have had a lot of experience with gardening, but even a beginner knows that a garden needs water. If you have a garden you do not water, you will find that the leaves begin to wither and turn brown, eventually dying from lack of care.

In Isaiah 1, we read about the people messing around in the god and goddess gardens. The people were turning their backs on God, and even taking it a step further to select gods and goddesses. As they foolishly stepped away from God, it was made known that they would end up like an oak tree losing its leaves or an unwatered garden.

We get our life from God and to pull away from Him is like being a garden that never gets watered. Little by little, our leaves fall off until there is nothing left. God offers us life, life abundantly. The water is there. He is there. We have a choice, to drink from the well or to drink elsewhere. I pray that you take from the cup that never runs dry.

“You’ll end up like an oak tree
with all its leaves falling off,
Like an unwatered garden,
withered and brown.”

-Isaiah 1:30 [MSG]

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Like Great Oaks

Did you ever take a hike through the woods and see the large trees that were planted many, many years ago? With the thick trunks and high branches the trees tower above all. I like to touch the bark of the tree and imagine how it went from a little tree to a great tree.

God promised that those who mourn in Israel would be “like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” Great oaks. I’ve heard of oak trees that were 30 feet wide and 60 feet tall. I have not seen anything so great with my own eyes but these trees are in the record books.

Those who were mourning became great oaks. They went from the lowest place in life to the greatest position. Why? For God’s glory. No matter where you are at in life, God can take your life and turn you into a great oak when you are firmly rooted in him.

“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” – Isaiah 61:3 [NLT]

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