Sunflowers In The Bible

A sunflower is a perennial plant native to the Americas. Most types have a rough and hairy stem until the tubular, bright yellow flower head develops (or matures) completely and the stem ceases to grow. The name “sunflower” comes from the flower’s heliocentric (sun-following) behavior – specifically, its tendency to turn toward the sun.

The Sunflowers In The Bible facts about the sunflower plant have been used to illustrate biblical stories in religious works like art books, crosses and pictures. The colors of the petals have also been seen as a symbol for spiritual enlightenment.

If you read the book of Ruth (which is in the Old Testament), you are probably aware that it talks about the three sisters, Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth. Ruth was a Moabite woman who decided to leave with Naomi, her husband’s other wife’s mother, after her husband died. Sunflowers in the bible is mentioned as one of the ways that these three ladies made money for their family to live on.

It is safe to say that most of the population of the world has no idea of the symbolism and meaning attached to sunflowers in the Bible. The sunflower is an interesting plant, but few people know what it symbolizes in the Bible.

Sunflowers In The Bible

Ever see sunflowers growing in someone’s garden? Or perhaps by the side of the road? You probably noticed that they almost always face toward the sun. In the morning, young sunflowers face east, slowly turning west as they keep their faces toward the sun throughout the day. Then during the night, they reverse themselves so they are ready to do it again the next day. Why do they do this? Because they innately know that the more sunshine they get, the better they will grow. When sunflower plants are grown indoors, in a short time they stop this habit of always trying to face the sun, and consequently they grow at a slower pace.

You never find sunflowers looking down at themselves to check if their stalks are too thick or their leaves are wrinkled (as we often do). Nor do you see them looking at one another to see who is growing best. Their faces are fixed on the sun, even as our eyes should be fixed on the Son of God, Jesus our Savior.

A spiritual principle in Hebrews 12:1, 2 says, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.” When we keep our eyes on the Son of God, we don’t get discouraged.

If we focus on ourselves, we will get depressed.

If we focus on others, we will often be disappointed

If we focus on Jesus, we will be encouraged, for Romans 5:5 tells us He is “the

God who gives perseverance and encouragement.”

Helen Keller, who was blind, once said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.  It’s what the sunflowers do.”[1]

Remember the lesson of the sunflower. Throughout our day, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”

Sunflowers In The Bible

Genesis 1:29 ESV / 16 helpful votes 

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Genesis 9:1-29 ESV / 12 helpful votes 

And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. …

Ephesians 1:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

As a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Romans 8:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Isaiah 11:1-16 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. …

John 3:16 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Psalm 145:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

1 Peter 3:4 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Psalm 148:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps,

Genesis 9:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.

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