“…but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:57-58
They are ridiculously impressive! The cedar trees of Lebanon have a reputation of growing to unbelievable heights, stretching their branches to the heavens and to what seems beyond. In order to sustain such a plant, their roots must grow deep, reach far and hold on in such a way so as to keep it firm and steadfast. They, too, are immovable!
God speaks often of the cedars of Lebanon in His word, their far reaching branches (Psalm 80:11), tall and lofty (Isaiah 2:13), majestic in beauty (Ezekiel 31:7). They are, by far, a symbol of God’s strength, power and holiness.
He then, calls us to be like that of cedar ourselves. But not of ourselves – for that is impossible! Rather, He calls us through His victory to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding.” While these are true of the cedar, how could they also be so true of me? If one can argue the steadfastness or immovability of the cedar, the one thing that remains undeniable is the cedar always abounding in it’s majesty!
I am personally struck by the word “always.” Not once does the mighty cedar of Lebanon abound no more! It abounds . . . always . . . because of who or better, what it is! Likewise, I, too, am able to abound always because of who I am, abounding in the work of the Lord!
Lord Jesus, the prevailing winds often blow hard and topple many trees, but the strength and resilience of the cedar of Lebanon keeps it upright! May I remember the roots of my own spirit drive deep into the Rock and despite the battering of life, You, oh Lord, sustain me!
by: Mark Cruver