“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~Nelson Henderson
In my recent post, I discussed the Psalm 1:3 allegory of a person being like a tree planted by the water that produces good fruit. Fruit being good works for God, water being the Word of God, and the planter of the tree being the godly parent.
As God does so well, this same concept is found in at least one other place in Scripture (important statements of truth in the Bible have are found again other places in the Bible, sort of like a witness). In Jeremiah 17:5-8, God gave His Prophet an important allegory to teach to God’s people:
“Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.””
Notice that God says a person is cursed when they are trusting in worldly teachings and their heart strays away from God. Then notice that God says a blessed person is like a properly watered and nourished tree (from God’s Word) who will not fear when trouble comes, will not be anxious or worry when situations get tough, and will always produce godly works (fruit) even in those difficult times. Sound Christian schooling must have that perspective, and understand that the reasons for teaching God’s Word in all subjects in school, and by godly teachers, are to enable the student to be blessed, and to have godly character and fruitful works for Him even in times of trouble.
Bible based Christian education is vital!
Copyright 2012, Kevin Brownlee