Scripture: verse 11
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.
Observation: God will cause righteousness and praise to grow in Israel and in His people. I think what I find interesting here is that a garden doesn’t grow plants from nothing – the plants all grow from seeds, whether seeds planted by a gardener or seeds scattered by natural forces. Which indicates that God has already planted the seeds of righteousness and praise in us, even when we are not doing a stellar job of being righteous or praising God.
Application: Not sure there is one. I just thought it was interesting.
Prayer: Lord, I praise you because you are the one who makes things grow. You are the one who causes cells to divide and DNA to replicate and new pathways to form in my brain that let me trust you. Thank you for growing righteousness and praise in me. Amen.
Scripture: verse 21
In union with Him the whole building is held together, and it is growing into a holy temple in union with the Lord.
Observation: I mostly liked this one because of the whimsical growing building imagery – like the scene in The Magicians’s Nephew when they plant a toffee and it grows into a toffee-tree overnight.
The point is, Yeshua holds us together, and we (the body of believers) are growing and maturing into what God wants us to be.
Young’s Literal Translation uses “fitly framed together” in place of “union.” We are carefully shaped and maneuvered into place, to make a structure that is strong and flexible and keeps out the rain. And we are growing. Some of our quirks God uses, some He changes, but our destination is right where He wants us to be.
Application: Don’t trash-talk yourself. Don’t assume God needs to change you, that He doesn’t like who you are or that you won’t fit. It takes time, but He has a place for everyone and He’s putting everyone in their place.
Prayer: Father, thank you for using me as I am. Help me to trust you to make it happen. Amen.