If a sickness or disease of some sort raises itself against you; or if someone says this ailment is going to manifest in you; or you have this predisposition for this or that disease; or this sign or a symptom of a sickness is seen in you – what do you do? Do you accept these pronouncements or do you accept the pronouncement of God instead? God states that you are righteous and flourishing, fruitful, fresh and green even into old age! God does not care what symptoms there may be in you, He says you are like a cedar in Lebanon: majestic, strong, perfumed. Do you believe God or your symptoms?
12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Wait you think to yourself, how can I be righteous? I have sinned. God knows that you cannot be righteous by your own works but He gives you His righteousness so that no weapon or condemnation can defeat you. Here, since it says that our righteousness is from God (if it is a gift from God) it cannot be our own righteousness.
Isaiah 54: No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
So now knowing this, how do we receive the pronouncement of God that in spite of our circumstances we flourish, fruitful and are fresh and green? Meditate on being a cedar of Lebanon for now as it is an important sign post – more to come, stay tuned.