But, if you want to be a healthy, New Testament Christian, then, like the oak, you will desire deep roots above all else.
Lessons from the Oak Tree:
After studying the oak, I learned a few lessons that I want to pass along:
Long life- The oak tree is known for its long life span. In the natural, humans can’t compete, but in the supernatural we serve the God who says:
For my people will live as long as trees, and my chosen ones will have time to enjoy their hard-won gains (Isaiah 65:22- NLT).
Waiting Can Be Hard- Did you know that oaks can grow into full adulthood before an acorn ever appears? Can you imagine watching and waiting as other trees produce the fruit that you have longed for? You may begin to feel like your life is washed up because you are 30, 40, or 50 years old, with nothing to show from a lifetime of serving the Lord. But if you have a well -developed root system then like the prophet Jeremiah, who long ago observed the branch of an almond tree, you will hear the the Lord say:
“You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).”
And you can rest assured that you have been watched over by the Most High God, and He will perform every promise He’s ever made to you- and then some!
Water, Water, & More Water- Since oaks develop such deep roots, they also require great amounts of water, and they will seek out that water -no matter the cost to the humans or their technology that gets in its way. What about you? Do you realize the amount of water that your spiritual life requires? Maybe you feel like you are in a drought? If so, then you need to go after the promises in God’s word like a desert traveler seeking out an oasis. Dig deep wells, even when threatened with drought, and God will:
Plant you firmly like a tree by streams of water, which yields fruits in its season, its leaf does not whither, and in whatever you do, you prosper (Psalms 1:3).
Healthy & teeming with life- The oak rarely falls prey to the illnesses and infection that sicken other trees. Is this attributed to deep roots and healthy amounts of water? Probably so. Like the oak, you need healthy amounts of the water of God’s word and deep roots. Learn this lesson early, and you can avoid the spiritual sickness and blight that claims so many believers who overdeveloped far too early. And, like the psalmist you will declare:
I am like a green olive tree in the house of God (Psalms 52:8).
Oaks produce many seeds but they can’t guarantee those seeds will reach maturity- Even though the oak drops thousands of acorns per year, only few will ever become oak trees themselves. Why? Because the acorn is very difficult to germinate. Likewise, becoming a spiritual oak tree is difficult and often not desired by those who want quick results. Since it can take years to ever produce fruit, most will look for the fast pass, but there isn’t one. It’s easy to become discouraged when you mentor others in the good seed of the word of God, especially when they don’t become spiritual oak trees. But, if you will consider the words of Jesus, then you gain new perspective:
“Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold (Mark 4:4-8).”
Listen up! Your job (as an oak tree) is to keep producing spiritual seed in hopes that some will fall on good ground and become other oak trees.
In the meantime, trust that God is working out everything for your good, even when you and those around you can’t see it:
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him (Isaiah 64:4).
Prayers for Overcomers
1.) Confess the Word:
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers (Psalms 1:3).
2.) Apply the Word:
Overcomer, do you want to be like a firmly planted tree that bears perfectly ripe fruit in its season? Then you must love and keep My word! When you do this, your root system will run deep, and you will flourish and prosper in everything you do.
3.) Pray the Word:
Father, the psalmist declared that the one who keeps Your Word will be like a tree planted by streams of water. He will bring forth much fruit and prosper wherever he goes. Lord, help me to love and honor Your word and follow Your directions all the days of my life. Father, make me like a spiritual oak tree who resists drought and infection, but concerns itself with developing a life in the word of God. Thank you Lord that you are doing something inside of me that only You can see, and if I continue to wait on You then I am guaranteed that You will act on my behalf. Amen.
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