“The Lord has anointed me to… bind up the broken-hearted… to proclaim freedom for the captives… to comfort those who mourn and provide for those who grieve… that they may be called oaks of righteousness planted by the Lord to display His Splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3
If you’ve ever seen an oak tree, you will know that it’s a sight nothing short of magnificent. An oak tree can reach 100 feet tall with thick, sturdy branches that grow horizontally, covered in gorgeous, lush leaves. Strong. Majestic. Beautiful. In ancient times, the oak tree was highly revered as it symbolized power, strength and courage.
Why does God use this awe inspiring tree in the above analogy? This verse represents yet another one of God’s incredible promises to us. It is a promise of His Comfort and Restoration. The broken-hearted, the oppressed, those who mourn and grieve… He longs to bring Healing and Wholeness to all of them. Just as devestating winds at vicious storms force the oak tree to dig its roots deeper into the ground for self preservation, in the same way, God longs to use the painful experiences of our lives to draw us closer to Him and strengthen our faith.
When we depend on God’s Strength in our weakness and allow him to guide us through the arduous circumstances we face, we come out stronger on the other side. And we can’t claim any of the credit. God restores us so that our lives can bring Him Glory and Honour. When other people see the incredible transformation we have undergone, they will recognize God’s Goodness in our lives. If you are among those in need of lasting comfort, turn to Him. He longs to transform your pain into a mighty work of His Splendor. That you may be called an oak of righteousness. Strong. Majestic. Beautiful.