Hey, this is Deborah Manchac with Relentless Woman. And welcome to God today. I want to share a verse with you and it’s Proverbs 11:28. And I also want to share what it means to me. “A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree,” and that’s Proverbs 11:28. “A life devoted to things is a dead life.” So we know that God is the source of life. And so this does make sense, but sometimes we fall into a place where we literally are devoting our life to things, and we forget that He is the creator of all things.
So for me, this verse is like, it’s almost like He’s saying yes, these fruits, these things that you’re desiring, right? You’re desiring an apple. You want apples from the apple tree. I want pears. I want all these things, right? And then you get them and then you realize you ate it, it’s gone or it rots, right? That’s what He’s saying, He’s saying these beautiful things you want, they’re not bad, but they all have an expiration date. A life devoted to things is a dead life, because things have an expiration date. So no matter what, they’re going to die, everything. But if you attach yourself to what’s inside that fruit, what’s inside of it? A seed, right? A seed, that is eternal, because you can put the seed in the ground. And now it’s a tree and it’s constantly producing. So even though the fruit rots, and even though the fruit can die and expire and you eat it and now it’s gone, the tree will always continue to produce. And that’s why He’s saying that. He’s saying a God-shaped life, though, is a flourishing tree.
So how about you devote your life to the tree, to God, and you will always be abundant with the things that you need, because this tree is special. This tree doesn’t just give you apples. This tree gives you exactly what you need when you need it. So let’s devote our life to God and not just the fruits that come from the tree. So God, I just pray for this person that’s watching this right now. If they’re starting to realize that they have been either putting a lot of their focus on things, things can be circumstances, people, relationships, desires, dreams, all good things. Lord, if they’re starting to realize that that is what they’re putting their focus on, I pray that you show them and you walk them to the beautiful garden that has that beautiful tree right in the middle, that’s you, God. And that they start just sitting under that tree and believing that that tree will provide all the things that they need right when they need them. I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.