Thursday, December 18, 2008

On Chopping Trees

It's been a while since I posted anything from Jon Courson's, A Pillar By Day.
There have been so many good ones lately I haven't been able to decide! With that said, here is one from December 14th that has stuck with me. Without further ado, here it is:

When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it,
thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them:
for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down
(for the tree of the field is man's life) to employ them in the siege:

Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for meat,
thou shalt destroy and cut them down;
and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city
that maketh war with thee, until it be subdued.
Deuteronomy 20:19-20

When the Israelites went into battle, their axes were not to fly indiscriminately.
That is, they were not to cut down any fruit-bearing tree.

This is a good word for us because in our battle against principalities and powers, against the Devil, our adversary, if we're not careful, we can cut down trees that bear fruit-- other believers, denominations, or churches who might have an entirely different flavor than ours, but from which we can be nourished.

Wise is the believer who says, "Lord, help me see what I can glean from that group, what I can learn from those people."

So much of what I've learned has been from trees that, in my own fleshly tendency, I would have chopped down. Wouldn't it be something if all the energy we expended analyzing ministries and criticizing Christians was harnessed against the real Enemy?

Yes, there's a war to wage, a battle to fight. And some trees are apostate indeed.

But others have fruit that we can glean, through which we can grow, from which we can gain strength for the battle against the Enemy of our souls.


Sarah Sanders said...

Oh, Lainie - what a great reminder for us all! I am one of those who has learned a GREAT deal through some of those "fruit bearing trees I would have cut down". God uses so many different people and things in our lives to strengthen and challenge us, doesn't He? And I am so thankful for that.

Thank you for the challenging reminder!
In Him,

Kim (aka- Kanga-mom and sometimes Rabbit-mommy) said...

I really enjoyed this post. Upon reflection, and in all honesty, I am certain I have chopped down a fruit bearing tree once or twice in my life. That being said, I have also learned a ton from other fruit bearers with whom I had nothing but the love of the Lord in common. Those relationships have often been some of the most challenging and life changing ones for me.

Blessing to you my fruit bearing friend!


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