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 had prepared to receive.
Second, God provides for the cedars.
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.
Every Christian is independent of the world, but totally dependent upon God for the "water of life."
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 produce for the Lord.
They produce other cedars, and produce a home for birds.
It is there that the "birds make their nests."
There is a purpose and function performed by the trees which glorify our Lord.
Christians produce for the Lord.
They produce PRAISE to Him.
They produce TESTIMONY of His glory and redemptive love.
They produce MINISTRY to those in need.
Be like the cedar:
Planted, Provided for, Protected, Producing.