Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A Tree, Life, And Wisdom

Embrace is a word that is filled with deep, loving memories for most of us. Others perhaps have never felt the intensity of love through the arms of a parent or spouse, a child or a friend. It implies hugs and squeezes; arms wrapped tightly around someone we truly care for and are a special part of our life. It can also be compared to holding on to an object for dear life - fearing that if we let go, we’ll be lost forever.
When we travel back to Genesis, we are introduced to the Garden of Eden and “the tree of life.” It appears throughout Scripture. Even in Revelation we read of new heavens and the new earth. It is a symbol of a long and fruitful, productive and an especially “blessed” or happy life.
“She (wisdom),” wrote Solomon, “is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who hold on to her will be blessed.” If we embrace wisdom, we have the assurance - or promise - of being blessed as a result of our efforts.
Unfortunately, there is no assurance or promise of the blessing. Blessings from God, according to His Word, do not come automatically. The “tree of life” is stationary and if we want its blessings, we must go to the tree and embrace the tree. We have the responsibility to go to the tree: the tree will not come to us.
So it is with God’s wisdom. If we want it, we must go to it and embrace it and cling to it as though we were clinging to a raft in a raging sea about to be swept to our death.
God’s wisdom is available. But we must seek it and embrace it.
Prayer: Lord, through Your love You make Your wisdom available to guide us and guard us. The decision to accept, however, is ours. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who hold on to her will be blessed. 

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