Ralph's Daily Devotional - Friday, March 2

As we all know, plants need special attention if they are to grow strong and survive.  They need sunlight, water, nutrients and the proper soil and temperature.  Imagine a plant that is by all outward appearances tender and weak.  Now also imagine placing that plant in very unfavorable conditions in which the soil is dry.  Chances are that it would not survive.

Isaiah 53:1-12 is an amazing Old Testament prophecy of the Messiah written in 700 B.C.  It describes many things concerning what Jesus would one day be and do long before they occurred.

In one prophecy, Isaiah describes the conditions under which Jesus would be born and live (Isaiah 53:2).  In other words, His life would not be sheltered and pampered.  Rather the opposite.  He would find this world very difficult just as a plant placed in dry soil.  Yet He not only survived, but He overcame the world and fulfilled His mission to die for our sins.

Are you feeling like you're planted in dry soil?  Maybe you think that your life is nothing but a struggle and that God has abandoned you.  That is not so.  Wherever you are planted, you can still be useful and productive because if you are a Christian, your life is planted in Christ.  Begin to give thanks and ask Him to help you grow!

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