“All the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD ; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD ; I have spoken, and I will perform it.” Ezekiel 17:24
Isn’t it intriguing to remember that God acts in surprising ways!
He treasures relationships so much, He will do whatever it takes to build them.
Prophetically, trees represent people or nations, so if we read this verse with that in mind, we get:
All of the people and nations on earth will know that I am the Lord;
I bring down the proud and high-minded,
I exalt the humble,
withhold from those who are self-sufficient and cause those who rely on Me to flourish.
I am the Lord; what I say is and I will make it happen.
Sorry, no recipe or formula here; only utter dependence on God. In John 15, Jesus told His disciples, “apart from God you can do nothing.” Then, in Philippians 4:13, Paul writes, “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.”
Perhaps one of the biggest buggaboos here is that humility has nothing to do with devaluing or criticizing ourselves; instead, it is a matter of agreeing with what God says about who we are, even when our experience and opinions say otherwise. By the way, He says we are precious, a chosen nation, sons and daughters, royalty, reflections of His glory, dearly loved by Him.
I have encountered this repeatedly: When I give into temptations to do things my way, rely on my own understanding and expectations or build strategies according to my limited knowledge, I get trouble, especially when I am reacting to perceptions based on shame, fear, doubt, pride or false humility.
When I was taking a course in Old Testament Survey, we learned this definition of idolatry: “Trusting in and serving any person, place, concept or thing other than God.” Okay, I’d say that’s pretty comprehensive. It’s Joshua saying, “Choose today whom you will serve… As for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
When, on the other hand, I run to Papa God and cooperate with Him, I flourish. Joy, peace, hope, love and all of God’s goodness are evident to me. I reflect Him to those around me and His Kingdom comes.
I live out Colossians 3:
My life is hidden with Christ in God
I have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator
I am dressed in love
I have been called to peace, which rules in my heart
His word dwells in me richly
All I say and do is in the name (character) of Jesus
I thank Papa God through Him
So, here’s a picture:
As I said, trees represent people or nations. It’s wonderful when individuals or households within the Church walk in obedience; what happens when an entire nation or people group becomes utterly dependent on God and agrees with Him? Wow!