“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.”
– Isaiah 11:1-3
Isaiah is an Old Testament prophecy about the destruction of Israel. Even though God took His people out of darkness and set them apart to be an oasis of truth in a brutal and harsh world, they were often too weak to stand alone. As is common for humans, they were influenced by the secular culture around them and succumbed again and again to its idolatry and paganism. Though the Lord was repeatedly merciful to His people, His anger burned, and He ultimately allowed them to be captured and carried away to Babylon. While their season of exile lasted for seventy long years, out of their darkness, hope dawned again when He brought them home to Israel. Later, He raised up from their midst a Messiah who would be the light and salvation of the entire world, and He birthed fresh hope from a situation that once looked as lifeless as a stump. The shoot that sprang up from the dead wood of Israel’s past was a new kind of King — One who would rule in people’s hearts and whose hallmark would be a peace that triumphs over every external circumstance. In fact, because He still reigns today, even in a season that has cut down and destroyed many from a worldly standpoint, His love is continually prevailing in the vast sea of human affliction.
My friend, the Lord is bringing a shoot from the stump in your life! Since everything He touches sprouts the hope of His healing power, He is showing you His glory by reviving that which seems the most dead and lifeless. Though you feel certain that what you’ve lost will forever dampen your days, His promises remind you that He delights in redeeming even the coldest, darkest, and most painful circumstances and cultivating from them something incomprehensibly glorious. The Prince of Peace is planting seeds of overcoming faith in your heart, and they will carry you — against all odds — to a brighter and more prosperous future.
Jesus, I give you the stump(s) in my life, and I ask you to touch them with your miraculous and resurrecting power so they become something great.
Is there an area of your life that feels like a stump? If so, take a moment to invite Jesus’ resurrection power to bring from it a shoot.
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2 thoughts on “A Shoot From a Stump”
I love my morning devotionals. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I watch the Hour of Power always. Please pray for my life’s situations and my family, my Son has developed depression since the pandemic, it’s so hard because I cannot travel to be with him. My the Lord continue to Bless all of you,
I want to resume my duties as a lector very soon. But for now. With the uncertainty of the virus and its mutations.This is not the time to let our guard down. It is still very dangerous situation out there and who knows what will happen in the days. weeks and months ahead of us.I still do not want to take any chances with my health and also that of my sister.I don’t want to lose her.Hope that everyone at Hour of Power continues to stay healthy.Especially the choir and orchestra and the two directors.We all have to continue practicing good and safe guidelines such as wearing masks. social distancing and using hand sanitizer. To Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family. May God bless them with good health. To the worshiping community of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church. Love and good tidings. As always I remain a faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ.May God bless the United States of America.I want to close with a chorus from one of my favorite hymns by Michael Joncas. And he will raise you up on Eagle’s Wings. Bear you on the breath of Dawn.Make you to shine like the Sun. And hold you in the palm of his hand. God bless and be safe everybody. Amen