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BENDING TREES

BENDING TREES

Isaiah 7:2

“And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.”

They were moved because of the news. They were limp, sad, shocked, and didn’t know what to do.

This is the reaction Our Lord wants us to have when we are faced with sad or shocking situations. We are to be aware that we are not in control of the situation, and have not the knowledge or power to fix it.

He wants us to be of a heart and attitude to be bending, not only in desperation and weakness, but in humble submission to Him, asking for His will in the situation, and His direction for us, knowing that He will also give us the strength to carry it out, or to wait for Him.

What kind of tree bends? Only a young sapling, an older tree that is more set in its way, has its roots down deep into its own desires, and isn’t so likely to bend easily to the wind of the Holy Spirit that Jesus talked about.

So if we are not rigid, and not set in our ways and if our roots are not so trained to get what they want, we will be able to bend with His voice, and be guided in our growth so that we will be yielding to His way, and we will develop a habit of bending in worship, obedience and repentance.

bending tree

 

The Word says that at times, God said the Jews were a “stiff-necked people”. This is the same idea of yielding and bending, as a horse yields his neck to you in controlling of him. A horse that holds his neck stiff is hard to control and hard to train because stiff necked is an attitude, a position of the mind that radiated down to your body language.

All of nature bows to the majesty of God, so certainly His people should be always bowing to His majesty in our hearts and our spirits and our lives. As we bend and obey Him and bow to His majesty,

He will be able to mold us into His image, and direct us in His will.

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