Thoughts on Being an Olive Tree
“But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. I will praise you forever, O God, for what You have done. I will trust in Your good name in the presence of your faithful people.”
I picture in my mind David, pursued by Saul, betrayed by Doeg the Edomite, studying his bleak surroundings in the dry, stony hills of the desert of Judah when suddenly he spots an olive tree! This may or may not have happened, but the point is that David knows olive trees, and he concludes his psalm with beautiful and encouraging truth. He is like an olive tree!
Why an olive tree? What is so special about it? Here are some amazing facts:
Let us be like David, always trusting in God’s unfailing love…remembering His provision throughout our lives…and always praising God forever! Let us be olive trees, for when we fear the Lord …are respectful and in awe of Him…we will grow like they do and will be blessed! “How joyful are those who fear the Lord, all who follow His ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table.” Psalm 128:1-3
Note: Information on the olive tree taken from https://ww2.odu.edu/~lmusselm/plant/bible/olive.php
Hosea 14:6 “Its branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees, as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon.”
Psalm 52:8 “ But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.”
Romans 11:17-20 “But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree. But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root. ‘Well,’ you may say, ‘those branches were broken off to make room for me.’ Yes, but remember—those branches were broken off because they didn’t believe in Christ, and you are there because you do believe. So don’t think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen.”
“Father God, make me an olive tree—an evergreen You can use all the days of my life. May the fruit I grow be the sharing of Your Good News with others—that is my heart’s desire! And, Father, please continue to daily renew and fill me with Your Holy Spirit so my roots in You will never stagnate, but continue growing through every situation in life—through times that seem barren and through times of rich, fertile soil. In You, Almighty God, I fully place my trust, praising Your holy name; and may I, as David, thrive in Your house forever!
I am just an ordinary woman who loves Jesus, accepting Him as Savior at the age of thirty-two and digging into the Bible ever since. How could I possibly hope to develop a heart relationship with God and trust Him with my life if I didn't know who He is?! These devotionals are written to help you journey with Christ and grow in your heart relationship with Him. However, it is essential that you examine my words, and those of all other "teachers," with God's Holy Word. Therein lies the source of all truth!
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Candice Mary Thomas writes about loving God and loving people! Coming to Christ at age 32 and now in her 70's, Candice knows what a difference it makes living with or without Christ as one's personal Savior.