“Once the trees went out to choose a king to rule them. They said to the olive tree, Rule over us!”
Judges 9:8 CJB
We always need to be careful of who and what rules over us! Not everyone and everything has our best interests in mind!
“But the olive tree replied, Am I supposed to leave my oil, which is used to honor both God and humanity, just to go sway over the trees?”
Judges 9:9 CJB
Like the olive tree, we need to honor God and bless our neighbors with what the LORD gives us! Don’t try to do what the LORD hasn’t given to you to do!
“But the fig tree replied, Am I supposed to leave my sweetness and my good fruit to go and hold sway over the trees?”
Judges 9:11 CJB
The LORD desires us to be sweet to those around us. When we are bitter or sour, it never is a good witness! The LORD desires us to be sweet!
“But the grapevine replied, Am I supposed to leave my wine, which gives cheer to God and humanity, just to go and hold sway over the trees?”
Judges 9:13 CJB
As believers, we are to reflect the joy of the LORD onto those around us!
“The thorn bush replied, If you really make me king over you, then come and take shelter in my shade. But if not, let fire come out of the thorn bush and burn down the leaders of the L’vanon!”
Judges 9:15 CJB
When we realize that the LORD has given us all something to do to glorify Him, we need to do what the LORD says and not try to do things He hasn’t given us! Why? Because we will end up being thorny and burn up people around us! Today, let’s embrace the LORD’S will for our lives and share His love and joy!