The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, but violence takes lives away.
The tree of life is mentioned in three places in our sacred texts. Genesis mentions it in comparison to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The tree is ultimately taken away as a source of food. It's life giving produce becomes prohibited and is no longer available to humanity who now has knowledge of evil. We also see the tree of life in Revelation. It emerges as a source of food once again as Christ comes back to set the world in order. It is made available to a redeemed humanity that has overcome evil and oppression.
The third place we see the tree of life is the book of Proverbs. It makes sense to see it in the beginning (Genesis) and the end (Revelation). But here it makes a cameo appearance in the book of wisdom. Unlike Genesis or Revelation the tree of life in Proverbs is not a source of life produced for humanity but rather it is a source of life produced by humanity. The fruit we produce as a result of a life guided by God with principles of peace, love, joy, patience, kindness, generosity, faith, and hope is ultimately a tree of life. The fruit we produce can actually be a source or life for ourselves and those around us. The Genesis narrative and this Proverb suggest there are two kinds of fruit bearing trees. One tree produces life and the other death. What kind of tree do we want to be?
God make me a tree of life. May all that comes from my heart and my mind be pleasing in your sight. Give me wisdom to show others how to find you. Take away anything in me that leads to destruction. Make life live in me. Make me bear fruit that makes people live.
In Jesus Name!
Questions for Meditation
What kind or tree do I want to be?
What areas in my life need to change for me to truly be a tree of life?
How can I grow in wisdom?
Now Pray in your own words that God make you a tree of life.