Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Worship: Celebration of Faith
“ Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” (V.12)
Take a moment to think- where were you 10 years ago from this moment? A lot may have changed since; and with each new change you embrace, you redefine who you are and how you contribute to this world. This renewal of identity makes us appreciate a Father who constantly guides our lives in directions we may not perceive. In Ezekiel’s vision, a man leads him through deep waters. They wade through the waters, as it progressively gets deeper till they could go no further. Once they return back to the riverbanks, they notice the plethora of trees. These trees, found on either side of the river, have grown out of fertile soil and nourished by fresh water flowing from the river. Even the Dead Sea, one of the saltiest seas in the world, inhabited life from this fresh water as seen in Ezekiel’s vision. This “water” can be seen as the foundation we place in our faith in God. As we further strengthen our foundation in God, He supplies and produces viable “soil” that will allow us to flourish in our lives. The passage also points out that the river from this temple flows to produce life. This temple serves not merely as a center of worship, but as a spring of life to all that choose to receive. For those who don’t choose to receive, they will be like the marshes and swamps- producing only death. This vision presents a renewal of creation, a continual praise given to the Lord. We sometimes lose sight of the meaning of “worship”, thinking it can only be contained in a verse of a poem, or a song. But “worship” is the adoration and expression of reverence to God in any way, even as a simple sentence of awe to Him. Ezekiel’s vision, ultimately, revealed the wonders of an Almighty God, one in whom we can never cease to praise.
Thought for the Day: Though life may be filled with many highs and lows, God is the main controller of our lives. He constantly tests us, molds us, and renews us to be further used for His Glory.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for continually changing our lives for the better- for always leading us and keeping watch over our every step. We worship You for who You are, not what you have done- we thank You for the renewal of our lives as we further fixate our faith in You. Amen.
Robin T. Varghese Epiphany MTC, NY