Willows and Palms
May 15, 2015
As a husband, father and pastor, there have been many times over the past few decades I would consider myself to have walked through Willow days; days marked with trial, adversity and discouragement. But this is what I learned. When you are faithful with the challenging days, God will lead you into the prosperous, thriving Palm days! The key is to learn to rejoice in Him through both seasons.
- In Leviticus 23:40, What was the high priest commanded to carry in both hands?
- What do Palm branches symbolize?
- What do Willow branches symbolize?
- When are the two times in life you are the most vulnerable?
- “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” How does this translate into the season you are in currently?
- What is missing out of the hands of the great multitude in Revelation 7:9? Why is this significant?
In Revelation 7:9, John writes of a vision the Lord gave him of heaven: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” Notice what they didn’t have! Willows! We are promised a day where there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more hurt. What a glorious hope we have found in Jesus! Whether you have Palms, or Willows surrounding you, may you hold fast to the promises of hope found within His word today. I have never seen the righteous forsaken!
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 (NIV)