Palm Tree Flourishing Model

Sunday Omori

The palm family – Arecaceae, has over 2,500 species that are of different heights and sizes but not all palms are trees. Some species of palm trees that grow throughout equatorial, tropical, and subtropical areas of the world are Oil palm, Date palm, Coconut palm, Windmill palm, Sylvester palm, Bottle palm, Christmas palm and Queen palm. In Psalm 92:12, the Bibles declares that, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree.”

The word “flourish” means to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly congenial environment (Oxford Dictionary). Prosper, grow, thrive and increase are other similar words used to describe “flourish”. The prosperity of the righteous is compared to that of the palm tree. In his book, “Land and the Book”, Dr. Thomson illustrates the flourishing palm tree like this: “The palm grows slowly, but steadily, from century to century, uninfluenced by those alternations of the seasons which affect other trees. It does not rejoice overmuch in winter’s copious rain, nor does it droop under the drought and the burning sun of summer. Neither heavy weights which people place upon its head, nor the importunate urgency of the wind, can sway it aside from perfect uprightness. There it stands, looking calmly down upon the world below, and patiently yielding its large clusters of golden fruit from generation to generation.”

We can see that the righteous operates in a realm of all-round prosperity that is sustained and not influenced by harsh economic and socio-political realities unlike the prosperity of the wicked that is short-lived (Psalm 92:7).

The Oil Palm Tree

Let’s look at the flourishing oil palm tree as a case in point. The oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) bears a single stem and reaches about 20 meters in height. It has many tiny flowers crowded on short branches that develop into a large cluster of oval fruits some four centimeters long. It is cultivated as a source of oil and grown largely in its native West and Central Africa, as well as in Malaysia and Indonesia.

According to Britanica.com, palm oil, obtained from the fruits, is used in making soaps, cosmetics, candles, biofuels, and lubricating greases and in processing tinplate and coating iron plates. Palm kernel oil, from the seeds, is used in manufacturing such edible products as margarine, ice cream, chocolate confections, cookies, and bread, as well as many pharmaceuticals. The cake residue after kernel oil is extracted is a cattle feed. The plant is also grown as an ornamental in many subtropical areas.  Just like the oil palm tree, the righteous flourishes in health, business, career, ministry and other areas of life and becomes a blessing to the society through valuable spiritual and material resources contributed.

So, if we desire to flourish like the palm tree, we must become the righteousness of God in Christ. We must invite Jesus Christ into our hearts and accept Him as Lord and Savior (2nd Cor. 5:21). The Bible declares that there is no one righteousness (Romans 3:10, 23) but those who receive Christ are justified. The Spirit of God in a believer provides the ability for prosperity of the spirit, soul and body.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

If you are yet to have a relationship with Christ, say this prayer of salvation: Lord Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sin. Come into my heart. I receive You as my Lord and Savior; I believe that You came, died for me and rose again to save me. Conform me to Your likeness. I declare that I am born again. Amen!

Congratulations! Begin to flourish like the palm tree.

Published by Healing Evangelical Ministries Int'l

Raising an end-time army that preaches the gospel to the captives and healing all that are oppressed of the devil. (Luk 4:18; Act 10:38)

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