excerpts from Ray Prinzing: Daily Overcoming -- Hope for EVERY tree
"The cutting down simply bespeaks of death to the old realm, that there might be a change, a sprouting up of the new. There is a new life that is forming within us, it is HIS LIFE, age-abiding and glorious. It does not emerge as a full grown expression in an instant, but it sprouts and grows. We "grow in GRACE and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," and as we grow the change takes place by degree. There is hope for EVERY tree, for though every individual shall be cut down, face the death to the old nature, yet they shall all sprout again, for "as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order..." (1 Cor 15:22-23) How this creation needs that scent of water -- that living water of His life. And we rejoice to know that God is preparing those vessels, through whom shall flow "Rivers of living water," to bring His life to a weary, dry groaning creation.
....."There is hope, there is an expectation, not for the renewing or reviving of the old tree, but of that NEW GROWTH, a new life that shall spring forth out of the old stump."
Hope for EVERY tree (Job 14:7,9)