I collect acorns. Please don’t send me any. It’s one more thing to dust…or not. : ) I like acorns because they grow into giant oak trees. So, I like oak trees and oak tree leaves as well. I have a few acorns (fake and real) here and there in our home. Our chandelier in Highlands is a huge acorn with oak leaves coming out of it. I took that as a sign from God when we were considering buying the place.
Acorns and oak trees remind me of one of my favorite verses in Scripture. Isaiah 61:3b says, “that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
If you just read that out of context it’s not that exciting. The verses that lead up to it are, however, because they are all about Jesus and what God anointed Him (as King of kings) to do:
- bring good news to the poor
- bind up the brokenhearted
- proclaim liberty to the captives
- opening the prison to those who are bound
- proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God
- comfort all who mourn by giving them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit
so that they (those who mourn) may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified…
Don’t you love that?
Those verses are not about us. They are about Him. Our mourning inevitably is to bring glory to Him! It allows Him to do what God anointed Him to do. That’s not to say we should find stuff to mourn over so He can do His thing. No. We should be comforted in knowing that when we are in that state for whatever reason, He is in the midst. We are not alone. We have been planted there for growth. His freeing us from that prison is to bring glory to Him, not to the prison or the prisoner, Him. HIM!
Are you brokenhearted? He will bind you (as in binding a spiritual or physical wound for healing). He will heal your broken heart!
Are you captive? He will set you free!
Are you mourning? He will comfort you!
Is your spirit faint? He will give you a garment of praise!
Our pastor yesterday preached a sermon and said words that I needed to hear. Very simple words, but so true.
Look to Jesus.
He is the author and perfecter of our faith. That’s from Hebrews.
He has not abandoned us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews)
He is seated at God’s right hand and lives to intercede on our behalf. (Hebrews)
Focus on Him. Draw near. Hold fast.
Forget the trivial.
One day, we’re going to be oaks of righteousness. We’re on the way as we move from being a little “nutty” when life gets crazy to being confident and stalwart oaks planted by Him.
Let us glorify Him.