Grace and peace be unto you.
Word of Encouragement…
We have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to help us accomplish God’s divine plan. The Apostle Matthew reported that, “Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered” (Matthew 21:18-19).
The general interpretation of this passage is its symbolism of hypocrites who profess religion and bear no fruit for Christ. Jesus expects us to bear fruit that will last (John 15:16). Matthew Henry further added that the passage represents the Jews rejection of Jesus Christ.
Nonetheless, there is another message that is worthy of consideration. Jesus could have performed a miracle and caused figs to grow on the tree, but he did not. The miracle would have appeased his hunger, why didn’t He speak the figs into being? One possible explanation is that He did not want to send the wrong message to his disciples. God’s power should not be used to meet our selfish or carnal desires. Instead, its purpose is to help others and bring glory to God. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God’s power was used to help others and advanced his purpose. Two examples are Elijah and the Widow (1 Kings 17:7-16) and the Raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-44).
We live in an age where the focus is on pleasing self, hence, it is easy to overlook God’s higher purpose. Nevertheless, I encourage you to allow God’s Word to transform your mind so that you can embrace his plan.