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Tree Stumps and Hope

June 10, 2020

We recently had a massive tree stump removed from our backyard. While I had removed smaller bushes and root systems, there was no way I would be able to remove this tree stump (the remnants of an old oak tree) with my own power. This tree stump required professional workers and lots and lots of power tools and machinery.

The power of that stump amazed me. Even though it wasn't a fully grown tree anymore, even though it was just a remnant it was still filled with incredible strength, power, and life.

It reminds me of a promise from God's Word. "There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit." Isaiah 11:1

This promise from Isaiah was intended to comfort God's people when they felt incredibly weak, worn out, and thought evil was going to win. They were the "stump of Jesse." They were the ones that had been brought low (and would be brought low through exile). So they were looking for hope - something to comfort them. Then God speaks these words of promise.

Words that remind us that when things look bad when things feel like they are falling apart and there isn't any good left - God's power is still at work. 

God promises that His power will come out of their weakness. This promise is fulfilled in Jesus. He is the one bringing life out of the stump. He is the one bringing power out of our weakness.

Jesus reminded the apostle Paul of this promise when He told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12:9

So today, if you are feeling more like a stump than a mighty tree. You're feeling worn down and beaten up by life - remember that God's power is still at work in you and the world. And that from a tree stump that looks like it has nothing left, God brings life.

God's peace to you
Pastor Mark

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