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GREEN OLIVES


Best Verse: 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.”

NOT JUST GOOD ON SALADS

I’m a green olive lover.  I love them on pizza, in salads, in casseroles or just plain by themselves.  So, when I read this verse today it struck me.  Why would David use an olive tree as an example?

Well, when an olive tree is planted in the right soil and properly maintained, it will produce olives. Simple! He was not saying there were olive trees in the temple.  But when we are planted in the right place and nurtured, we too will flourish and produce fruit.  It all comes back to God’s lovingkindness, His kesed.  His mercy sustains us.

TEACHING MOMENT

Your little Susie or Elrod are like little olive trees.  You must plant them in the right soil.  You must give them the proper nutrients.  When you do that, you can expect them to grow.  Without providing a spiritually rich environment for them we can expect the opposite.  Spiritual growth requires spiritual food.

How do you feed a five-year-old spiritually?  By reading them God’s Word.  By praying with them.  By living out the Christ Life in front of them so they see what it looks like.  By teaching them to confess their sins and seek forgiveness.  These things nurture their little souls and leads them to their heavenly Father.

But how about your spiritual olive tree?  Are you flourishing?  Are you producing fruit?  Won’t you allow the Lord to tend to you?  Let Him trim and prune where necessary.  And then, when you produce that fruit, give it all to Him.  He is worthy!

Lord, there are times when my “branches” are withering due to lack of nourishment. But that is normally because I have chosen other things in my life.  Teach me to dwell in Your presence where I can receive growth.

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