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October 2015

Thursday, 08 October 2015

Palm Down
'He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.' Psalm 100:3 NLT


Palm trees are pretty awesome. As much as they might remind us of nice, sunny places, we can learn a lot about ourselves and God from the local (or not so local) palm tree. They’re mentioned more than 30 times in the Bible, probably because there were a fair few of them around where most of its writers were working. They provide us with a pretty good example of the endurance God offers to us, too. When there’s a huge storm and wind is blowing everywhere (goodbye, good hair day) most trees are at risk of snapping or breaking. Not the palm tree. They’re adapted to bend as if they’re competing in the ultimate limbo competition. Afterwards, the place where the bend is becomes stronger than it was before. God doesn’t give us a supernatural ability to win a limbo competition, but whenever we pray as we face a ‘storm’, God causes us to be ‘invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory.’ (Colossians 1:11 AMP) So, not only does He give us the strength to get over whatever challenge is thrown our way, we’re made stronger by learning to be thankful and understanding that God is bigger (and makes us bendier) than any storm that can be thrown our way. A final thing: a palm’s roots can search hundreds of metres for water, making what it relies on for survival much deeper and bigger than what it actually is. Good idea, that. As we seek the living water of the Holy Spirit, He promises that we’ll find Him. ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’ (Matthew 7:7 NIV)

SoulFood: Ex 10-12, John 2:12-25, Ps 131, Prov 26:7-9

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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