Isaiah 55:12, “For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
The trees in the above photos are just a few of the oak trees that are in my parent’s back yard. These trees are a bit special to me because my dad and I planted these together when my parents had their house built in April of 1997. The trees you see now were just tiny little twigs 17 years ago. Each one was about 1/16 of an inch thick and maybe about 12-14 inches long. Yes, that is tiny! However, you can see them in the photos above and that is how much they have grown in 17 years. When you compare them to some other trees they may not look like much, but when I compare them in my mind to what they were starting out it is amazing and beautiful.
I was at my parents house last week. My dad and I were in the backyard when I looked over at those trees. Isaiah 55:12 immediately came to heart when I thought about those trees growing from infant to immense in size.
Isaiah 55:12 is a verse that reflects upon the exodus of Babylon which is likened to the exodus from Egypt to which we can look at and reflect upon the goodness of God in how He delivers His people from their sins. We read about the mountains and the hills that will break forth with rejoicing, and all of the trees will clap their hands. This is giving us a powerful picture of how all of God’s creation rejoices in God’s wonderful act’s of redemption time and time again. The ultimate act of redemption was when Jesus went to Calvary’s cross for our sins. The One ( Jesus ) who has never sinned, took upon Himself the sin of the world, so that sinners like you and I could be forgiven of every sin in our lives. Praise Jesus!
Praising Jesus is exactly what God’s creation is doing. We see time and time again in the Scriptures how God’s creation reveals God Himself. We, humans, are without excuse in believing in God because His creation reveals Him to man.
As I looked at those trees in my parent’s backyard it was a reminder to me of God’s creation. First, without God there would never be any life for that tree whatsoever. God made the seed. Without the seed, man has nothing to work with. So man takes the seed, puts in the ground, dresses it up right, waters and nourishes it. Everything man uses to grow the tree has been created by God first. Man can do everything he knows to do, but it takes God making that tree grow for the tree to grow. Those trees have grown because of the power of God. He made the original material, and He gave it life.
Second, we must realize that tree is only living because God allows it to keep living. There are so many reasons that tree could die such as lack of watering, disease, insects, storms and more. We must remember that God is in control of life and death, not man. Sure, there are things we might can do to speed up the process and God may allow the consequences ( whether good or bad ) to take place. We must never forget that God is the One who gives life, and He is the One who can take life. He can cause the tree to live through a drought. He can cause the tree to survive the leaves being eaten by locusts. He is God, and He is in control of life.
Third, I thought about the benefits that God gives through His creation like that tree in my parents backyard. For example, my dad has wanted a good bit of shade in the back so he and my mother could enjoy more time out there without getting too hot from the sun shining on them. The trees have grown in such a way that there is plenty of shade for my parents to enjoy longer hours out back. The tree has provided a more private setting for their backyard from the neighbors windows. Yes, it has also provided great climbing opportunities for all of their grandchildren too.
To some people these trees would seem to just be like any ordinary trees. The same would be true of some of the fields I pass on my way to work day after day. However, these trees caught my attention because I have seen what they were in their infancy, and where they are now 17 years later. We must remember that we too are God’s creation made in His image. He did not just see us when we were in our infancy, but He saw us before we were even created. He sees us now, and He know our future.
As we think about God’s creation it would do us good to keep a few things in mind. First, God is the giver of life. He gives life to the trees, to us, and to all creation. Life cannot exist without God Himself. Second, God did not make two trees just alike. He did not make two people just alike either. Yes, there may be twins from the same egg, but even they are not just alike. God has made each tree, and each of you very special and unique. We should rejoice in the uniqueness of His creation. Third, all creation gives witness to the fact that Jehovah God does exist. No one will be without excuse in the day of judgment for even creation cries out in witness of God as we see in Romans chapter 1. Fourth, remember that God’s perspective is not our perspective. He is infinite and finite. He sees every detail of our lives when we can only see a little spec of the present and past. Lastly, remember that “God is God and you are not.” ( source unknown ).