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What can we learn from the trees?3 min read

what we can learn from the trees

Cedar of Lebanon

Although one attentively reads the Bible, some teachings go unnoticed. Such is the case of the following passage:

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” (Psalm 92:12-15)

On Saturday, July 15th, Bishop Macedo dedicated time during a special meeting for the assistants of the church to meditate on the above passage. When speaking about the palm tree, he noted that this kind of tree bears fruit all year long. In the same way, those who are of God must manifest their righteousness always:

“When the person is righteousness, they are not righteous only in the winter or summer; they are righteous all the time. They are not righteous only when inside of the church; they are righteous when at home, at work, they are righteous in any place and under any circumstance. They flourish all year long because that’s how the Lord Jesus is. God is Righteous and those who abide in Him, those who are with Jesus, they are righteous, correct people, upright, and of good character. They flourish and reveal His fruit, His beauty, which is His Righteousness.”

The Cedar of Lebanon

The cedar is a tree that thrives in places where other plants usually do not survive. It flourishes in sandy, rocky, and mountainous areas, where other vegetation is rare.

Its roots need to be strong, deep and broad to survive in these regions. Only so can they reach the groundwater and get the food it needs.

“The cedar has one characteristic: it does not depend on the rain. It grows in the mountains so that it can have conditions to extend its roots far down to reach deep groundwater. If the roots encounter rocks, they embrace them and continue growing in the direction of the groundwater,” Bishop Macedo explained.

In the first three years of life, the tree grows a little over 1 inches every year. That’s because its roots grow nearly 5 feet in search of food in the same amount of time. From the fourth year of life, the cedar shoots up at a rate of almost 8 inches per year. It might not seem much in the beginning, but in adult life, this tree can reach up to approximately 131 feet and 46 feet wide. The cedar has such extreme resistance that its lifetime is indeterminate.

“The cedar wood is extremely sturdy and consistent in such a way that it has durability,” clarified the bishop. “It is said that 2000-year-old cedars exist today. This means that the cedar stands out for being an extremely sturdy, durable wood that reaches its 1000 years.”

You can be like one of these trees

Bishop Macedo

The Biblical passage shown above reveals two striking characteristics of those who surrender their lives to God: they bear fruit continuously and grow grandiosely, remaining strong for longer than what one can imagine.

“God wants us to be as the palm trees, He wants us to flourish all year long, and our righteousness manifested all year long. He wants us to have durability, to be perseverant and firm, that we may not be like many roots that when facing a rock, stop growing. The cedar is not like that, it continues growing, independent from the hardships,” affirms the bishop.

According to him, “Those who are cedar do not live anxiously, wanting to increase from night to day, rushing to grow and take possession of their dreams, being anxious to conquer this, that and the other. Those who are cedar know that they will encounter rocks, but they will go over it. Those who are of God, who abide in Jesus, overcome.”

You too can have or continue building these characteristics. Visit The Universal Church near you today to learn how.

(Translated and adapted from text by Andre Batista)

 


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