1Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—
yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.
2And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
The key to a lasting shoot is a deeper root. The key to new fruit is a deeper root. Even though from all appearances David’s family was cut off, God was keenly aware of what was going on just underneath the surface. God had made a lasting covenant with David and nothing could cause Him to break His promise. David grew his roots deep into the soil of this Covenant throughout his life. Though his son Solomon and many sons after would turn from the Lord the root system was still in place. The promises of God would still come to pass. The first chapter of Matthew follows this root system through “The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham…”. What was once a stump, dead and done because of sin would one day be praised, “The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!" (Mt. 21:9). Nothing’s done unless God says it’s done. Nothing’s over unless God says it’s over.
There a many who need to be reminded of the stump theology of our Savior. Jesus came from a lineage that many thought God had left to its destruction. We look at a failed marriage, a wayward child, a lost job, a broken dream, a friend’s betrayal, a personal failure, a reoccurring addiction, a painful past and we nothing but a stump. Death where there used to be life, despair in need of repair, destruction where we need a resurrection. Well, that just happens to be our Savior’s forte. He is an expert at turning dead ends into divine beginnings, brokenness into beauty, and arising from the ashes from darkness into a new day. This is what our Savior does if we will let Him! So, that’s His part, but what’s ours? Are you stumped and not sure where to start? Have you grown so used to seeing the mess that you can’t see the message?
Return To The Root- repentance leads to restoration. Let your roots grow deep again in the soil of the Savior’s covenant sealed through His sacrifice on the Cross. You may not see anything on the surface for a while, but then again, you’re done with surface living anyway.
Nurture The Shoot- daily disciplines of prayer, reading The Word, Devotions, Worship. You can’t resurrect yourself. You can, however, grow in intimacy with the One who imparts resurrection power to those who seek Him.
Contend For The Fruit- As your world now revolves around God as the center of Your universe you will begin to see life again where were convinced it would never show. Where you used to serve yourself in relationships, you used to try to justify your sin, or win all the arguments, you know have the heart to serve the Lord and others. In that fertile soil of humility grows the sweetest, juiciest fruit. You won’t pick it before it’s fully ripened either because you are no longer trying to force things to happen in your timing but are instead trusting His.
Where you once had no hope you now have new hope “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6) Instead of being stumped by your past or present circumstances You will now find yourself pumped for the future.
Jesus, this is the power of the Gospel for those who believe. Through You, there’s no such thing a hopeless cause or a helpless case. You are our hope. You are our help. You are the One that looks at our family line and says, “Oh I’m not done with you yet. Not by a long shot.” To some long shots like us, that’s exactly the message we need right now! Thank You for never giving up on us even when we have given up on ourselves!