“In the days to come, the people of Jacob will be like a plant with good roots. Israel will grow like a plant beginning to bloom. Then the world will be filled with their children” (Isaiah 27:6).

The younger son of Isaac was named as ‘Jacob’ by his father. At the same time, God named him as ‘Israel’. The name Israel gives the meaning ‘Divine Lord’ and ‘One who fights and overcomes.’

Isa, the elder son of Isaac did not ever seek God. We do not find him praying even for one instance in the Scripture. He even ignored the birthright share which God graciously gave him. So, God willed to love Jacob and bless him. With love, He said “Now this is what the Lord says. He created you, people of Jacob. He formed you, people of Israel. He says, “Don’t be afraid, because I have saved you. I have called you by name and you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).

Jacob kept on roaming about for the whole of his lifetime. He left his father’s home and without knowing what his future was, he worked as a slave for the sake of the two daughters of Laban, his relative and six more years in herding the cattle.

But the days of roaming came to an end. After twenty years he returned to his father’s home in the land of Canaan. Now he began to live there stubbornly. The life of the wilderness like a bird flying all over places leaving its nest ended. Now he stood steadfast in Canaan which was the Promised Land for the forefathers.

If you are to be blessed, the years of roaming about should end. You can stand deep-rooted only when you get a permanent job, permanent Church and a permanent family. Only when the root of a tree goes deep into the earth, it can suck the water and send it to its other parts like branches, leaves and flowers. The deep-rooted life is nothing but having a deep fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The root going below the earth is not visible to human eyes. Similarly, the personal life of maintaining a relationship with God will help you in becoming stronger in Christ.

Secondly, the days will come when Israel will bloom and fill the world with benefits. If a tree is to become big and strong, flowers should blossom in it and the flowers should turn into fruits. Thus trees should yield the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23). Then you will be a blessing to others and also God.

When the rod of Aaron was placed before the lord in the tabernacle of witness, in one single night it had sprouted, put forth buds, produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. Dear children of God, you should be useful to others similar to how the flowers blow the fragrance. You should give sweet things to other similar to how the fruits do. That alone is the divine blessing.

To meditate: “There are young figs on the fig trees. The blossoms on the vines smell sweet. get up, my darling. Let’s go away, my beautiful one” (Song of Solomon 2:13).

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai