Home / Faith / Palm Trees: Do You Have The Character That They Do?

Palm Trees: Do You Have The Character That They Do?

Most of us have been compared to something or someone at one time or another. The comparison may have been favorable, or it may have been an insult. But there is one comparison, straight from God’s Word, that is something to strive for—that of the palm tree.  Do you have the character of a palm tree?

But the godly shall flourish like palm trees and grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon.  For they are transplanted into the Lord’s own garden and are under his personal care.  Even in old age they will still produce fruit and be vital and green. This honors the Lord and exhibits his faithful care. He is my shelter. There is nothing but goodness in him!  Psalm 92:12-15

Dating from the very foundations of the earth, palms are trees of strength and endurance.  The date palm has been used as food for centuries, its high energy dates bringing strength to partakers. Palm trees provided shelter to travelers in early times and are credited with advancing ancient travel to new lands waiting for development.  During the Revolutionary War, the wood of the palm was used to stop flying British cannonballs from doing their damage. Today, the palm is a symbol of oasis-life and growth in desert lands.

In the Bible, the palm is mentioned over 30 times and is a symbol of the victory of the faithful over the enemies of their souls. In Psalm 92, the godly themselves are compared to palms. For those who wish to be godly, character is needed, and it comes from within. The palm serves as an example in several ways:

  1. Strength in the storm: life brings storms to all, but not everyone can withstand the storms that blow their way. The palm bends in the wind and is not easily broken. A palm can withstand winds over 150 mph. If we are to finish the race set before us, we must endure storms.
  2. Growth: without growth in our Christian walk, we will begin to die spiritually. We cannot remain the same. The palm grows upward towards the heavens, even when weighted down with fruit. It grows from within, slowly, as if it knows that a faster-growing tree would break in the first storm that hit. Growth can be painful, and it always seems to take longer than we would like. But without continued growth in our walk with Christ, we will wither away.
  3. Deep roots: the palm grows deep roots over time, extending out from its trunk and adding strength so that it cannot be easily broken. The bible exhorts us to be rooted and grounded in Christ. We must continue to learn His Word, and be a doer of that Word instead of just a hearer. Then, our faith will not be easily shaken—broken down when we encounter the unforeseen.

The palm tree has beauty. It represents peace, life and strength. It is used by God in His Word as an example of what we should strive for—the character traits of strength, maturity, and deep rooted faith in Him.

Will you examine where you are today in the areas of spiritual strength, growth (maturity), and being deeply rooted in Christ through God’s Word?

Living Bible, biblegateway.com

About Lisa

Lisa
My husband Dan and I have three children and three grandchildren. We live in central Illinois. I am a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature, a member of faithwriters.com, and a member of SCBWI. My writings have been published at chirstiandevotions.us, in DevotionMagazine, the PrairieWind Newsletter, and here at thebottomline.co.

Check Also

Highest Victory

Wars have been fought since the beginning of time, their first recordings in the bible. ...

4 comments

  1. Avatar
    Christian B Fundafunda

    A very apt teaching. We are beginning a study on the characteristics of believers in our church. This will be of great help. May God continue blessing you.
    Writing fromLusaka Zambia.

  2. Avatar

    Thank you for your comforting words re palms. . being interested in the temple gate palms, the ones that sit on each side of the cherubs who have both a face of human, and face of lion, thinking the gateway represents human kind’s decision to keep with the teachings of the Lord, and as such be part of the environment being represented by palms, in other words : as believers we become and are surrounded with all of what the palms provide..for which your explanation is terrific.

  3. Avatar

    With panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, these villas characteristic a 4 poster king
    sized bed alongside objects drawing inspiration from
    historic Maldivian artefacts. Much of Buscher’s inspiration for the
    lodge got here from the land’s historical past, which was situated near
    heiau (traditional Native Hawaiian locations of worship), a royal birthing site and, in the nineteenth century, was
    house to one of Kauai’s former queens. Manufacturers do not make a lot
    try to conceal that they’re imitations. Dotted along the Western shores of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are 25 Sunset Beach Villas, romantically
    secluded for privacy and tranquility. Nestled amid the lush vegetation on the Eastern shores of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    are 27 Deluxe Villas providing ultimate exclusivity.
    Just a few leaves are sometimes trimmed previous
    to transport to cut back transpiration and journey stress.
    The leaves are used for thatching and making mats.
    People welcomed Jesus by waving palm fronds and carpeting his path with palm leaves.
    Here is a path with a small lining of palms shading the entrance.
    I am impressed, a pantoum is just not an easy type of
    poetry to write down and get proper, you did a wonderful job here.
    Though this is generally due to pruning, as demonstrated above left, there
    are very distinctive variations in shape and kind.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *