We Are Sunnybrook Day 38
Scripture: Isaiah 61:3 They will be called oaks of righteousness; a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.
Devotional: The tree metaphor mentioned in yesterday’s devotional continues in today’s passage as well: that of a mighty oak, planted by the Lord for the display of His splendor. And who are the “they” of which this passage speaks? Those whom Jesus Christ has redeemed. As a follower of Christ, that means you.
That’s the beauty of God’s redeeming work in this world. He takes the broken, the captive and the downtrodden, and He plants and cultivates them into a mighty oak of righteousness that puts His glory on display. He brings beauty from ashes, turns mourning into joy, and replaces a spirit of despair with a garment of praise. And that bears witness to His power and glory.
What redeeming work has God done in your life? Or perhaps you are in the midst of a significant work even now. Are you facing a trial or hardship? Are you struggling with a persistent stronghold? Remember that the challenge you are facing is the very opportunity that God can use to plant you for the display of His glory. As you surrender your hardship to Him and yield to His will, you are giving way to His work of producing fruit in your life.
The beauty of being the church is that we are a collection of God’s plantings, each at its various stage of growth, but growing together and bearing fruit for the world around us. We face storms, pruning, heat and even drought at times. But ultimately God grows us and uses us to show His magnificent glory.
- Picture yourself as a planting of the Lord. At what stage or season do you envision yourself?
- What challenges have you faced in your growth and how might that be contributing to your maturity?