THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A Scotsman went to see a doctor.
He asked, "Doctor what are your fees?"
Doctor, "It's $50 for the first visit and $25 for each visit afterward."
Scotsman, "Well, doctor, it's nice to see you again."
Doctor, "You too, my friend. Why don't you go home and just take the same medicine I prescribed last time."
16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
Have you ever stopped to think how the "cedars of Lebanon" are symbolic of the Christian?
First, they owe their existence to God. "He hath planted." Every Christian is God-planted. The "new birth" experience is a miracle of God. He plants the seed of faith in a heart that He Himself prepared to receive.
Second, the cedars are dependent upon God for watering. Every Christian is independent of the world, but totally dependent upon God for the "water of life." Even though the cedars exist in rocky country, they are watered by the Lord. Even though the Christian lives in the world, his/her strength comes from the Lord.
Third, the cedars are protected by the Lord. Even though the cedars are USED by man, God has (through the centuries) protected and kept them. Christians are not "house plants" protected from the weather of life. They are exposed to every temptation and difficulty. But God protects them by the strength of His Holy Spirit within them.
Fourth, the cedars are used of the Lord. It is there that the "birds make their nests." There is a purpose and function performed by the trees which glorify our Lord.
Christians are also used of the Lord.
They are used to PRAISE Him.
They are used to TELL OTHERS of His glory and redemptive love.
They are used to MINISTER to those in need.
Are you like the cedars of Lebanon?
Are you performing the purposes and functions which glorify your Lord?