The Right Gardener

I know who I would have preferred if I was a plant!

Psalm 52:1-9

Reference: “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.” Psalm‬ ‭52:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I often feel sorry for the plants and trees in our garden. The lady who lived in our house before us loved to garden.

She had certain plants in strategic areas and spent hours caring for her garden. She even propagated her own seedlings and filled the area with new plants all while developing the older plants.

When we came along we went with more of a “survival of the fittest” idea. If plants endured the hot, dry Summer in our garden then they were champions and got to live another season.

I know who I would have preferred caring for me if I was a plant!

Application: Our plants don’t get a choice as to who looks after them. They are rooted in the one garden and different owners can come and go.

In Psalm 52, David says he’s like an olive tree in the house of God. You see, we do get to decide where we want to bed down our roots.

Do we want to flourish in the house of wealth or fame or comfort? Or do we want to flourish in God’s house, obeying all He wants for us?

If you have a faith it seems like an easy and obvious answer. When the other desires come along, however, we become so tempted.

It’s worth considering as we go through this week. Let’s watch the decisions we make to ensure they dig us deeper into God’s house and not uproot us from what is best.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the nourishment You give to us each day. May we not be tempted by that which is not from You. Amen.

How can you stay rooted in God’s house?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.