Stumps

Job 14:7-9 “For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground, Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.

This morning I decided to remove some tree stumps from my yard. I had cut the trees a few years ago and I’ve been patiently waiting for the stumps to rot so I can get them out of the yard. Two of them came out easily enough, but one is stubborn. Not only does it refuse to rot, it keeps spouting new branches.

As the book of Job says, a tree that has been cut down still has hope that it will live again, that when the old roots make contact with water new sprouts will grow. We Christians are like that. We live in hope that when these mortal bodies are cut down our deep roots of faith will find living water that will make us sprout into new life.

Jesus said, “…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)

One day these old trees will be laid low. Our mortal bodies will cease to draw breath. But if we have deep roots of faith that drink in the living water Jesus provides our stumps will spring forth with new branches. New life will come to those who persevere in their faith, eternal life that flows from “a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Have a God Filled Week,
Brother Donnie

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