“For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when the tree is dry?’ (Luke 23:29-31)
During Jesus’ ministry, trees were green; He had many followers. Times were good as He taught crowds of people to love each other and do God’s will. Green trees symbolize Jesus, those who follow Jesus, love, or times of peace. Dry trees symbolize the opposite: evil and hatred, things that easily burn or burn you, war, and end times. I often imagine coming face to face with Jesus since He’s a character in my novel, Denial of the Enemy. Picture Jesus, your true soul mate – the one who understands you completely and loves you more than anyone else. Pray about your troubles, then Imagine Him sitting next to you. What does He say to you to make you feel better. How does He say you should respond to the person who treated you unfairly. Write it down.
- The Jews, Gentiles, and sin killed our Savior, Jesus, in the spring when the trees and bushes were green and flowering. Now, we’re recovering from COVID and the reign of Donald Trump (whether you like him or not), but things remain fairly green. Even in green times, humanity punches us in the gut. A co-worker gossips, our spouse cheats, a police officer harasses, a friend lies, or someone hurts our child. A door closes. God guides us through our troubles and multiplies our blessings on the other side. He did it for Job, and he’ll do it for us. It is apparent from our study of Luke that God allowed His Son to die on the cross and take our sins with Him.
As we study the Book of Acts, we’ll see the positive of Jesus’ death as the Holy Spirit takes His place. Good comes from our troubles when we “hang” with Jesus, pray to God, and depend on the power and comfort of the Holy Spirit to change our lives and the lives of others through us. When God closes a door, He opens many windows. Even in times of war and end times when those alive will wish they could die quickly or had no children to experience the agony, God will save us through the death of our flesh and bring us to heaven with our loved ones where we will live in joy, without tears, for eternity.
Father God, thank you for the hope I have in Jesus. I thought _________ cared about me, but doesn’t. A door slammed in my face. I know you will open another door, the one that leads to the best path because You are my Father and Creator, and You love me more than anyone else does. I will watch you fight my battles while I am still and know that You are God. I trust you for justice. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen