April 3 2017 – God wants others to dwell in the shadow of our branches.

In Ezekiel 17 verse 22 God gives an analogy of Israel being a young tender twig that He will plant and then He describes its growth in verse 23. It says:

23 On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it; and it will bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a majestic cedar. Under it will dwell birds of every sort; in the shadow of its branches they will dwell.

What is said here of Israel is analogous to what God wants to do in our lives. He takes us as young tender twigs, as people who in our selves are ordinary, weak and powerless, who through the work of His Spirit grow, mature and bear fruit, the fruit of good character and a changed life. That brings a majesty, a virtue and glory to our life from God.

That majesty and glory is not only for our own benefit. As the tree in the analogy became a dwelling place for every sort of bird, living in the shadow and protection of its branches, so God wants the good things He brings to our life to benefit those around us.

God wants others to dwell in the shadow of our branches.

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