Devotion by: Melissa Meiner
Withered Fig Tree
When we find Jesus in today’s passage, we are joining Him on His final days before the crucifixion. In the timeline of the Passion Week, we see that yesterday He entered Jerusalem on a donkey with the crowds shouting, “Hosanna!!” and today He was going to have a full day at the Temple. On the way, He stopped by the fig tree because He was hungry. But there was no fruit, only leaves.
Honestly, when Jesus cursed the fig tree, it can be perceived as an odd moment. However, as is Jesus’ way, we must believe there was more to the story. Just like He cleared the Temple to get rid of the sin and corrupt practices, He has to get rid of the sin and corrupt practices of our lives before His presence can freely dwell with us. Likewise, this fig tree can represent the fruit that we, as believers, have the potential to bear. Because Jesus is a good God who loves His children and who loves His church, it also means there are seasons when He disciplines us. Truthfully, discipline can hurt, and I have yet to meet a person who enjoys it. But Jesus is sovereign and just, and He loves us too much to leave us where we are.
So, if you are in the season of discipline or pruning and find yourself confused or frustrated, press on today. And may you trust in God to bear future fruit in your life which is more beautiful than you could ask, dream or imagine.