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Tell Of His Power

Trees of Righteousness

Choosing to obey God’s Sabbath commandment isn’t always easy, but Johnny White and Ron Sutton both found that God honors those who honor Him.

By Crystal Earnhardt

The Bible describes those who obey and delight in God’s commandments as trees—beautiful, strong, and productive. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Ps. 1:3.

I found two modern-day trees with a story. Both found that following God was an uphill path, a journey with an uncertain end and possible financial disaster. Yet both knew that God’s blessings lay at the end of the journey. 

Tree #1 

Johnny White sighed as he tabulated the neat numbers in his account book. While his figures proved a marked increase in the shoe repair business, somehow his success brought little satisfaction. The old dream of owning a full-scale shoe store had resurfaced. 

But how could he? Saturday was the main day for sales

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About the author

Crystal Earnhardt is the author of several children’s books. She is married to John Earnhardt, who used to race with his cousin, the late Dale Earnhardt of NASCAR fame. John left racing and eventually became an evangelist. Read his conversion story in Victory Lane: The John Earnhardt Story. Check out the Earnhardts’ ministry website at