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7 But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. Jeremiah 17: 7-8 NLT
Trusting in God is the antidote to fear. Fear eats away at all that is good in our lives. Dries up our gratitude and praise. Keeps us focused on problems rather than God’s power. Fear strips us of our confidence. Erodes our faith. Until we are withered and fruitless in our walk with Christ.
I love how this scripture gives us such a vivid picture of what it looks like to be rooted in Jesus. When we put our trust in God, it means we root ourselves in Him. He becomes our stabilizing force against all life’s storms. When our confidence is in God, it keeps us from being affected by our changing circumstances. Because our joy, our hope is not dependent on our external situations. Those change like the weather. Rainy one minute. Scorching heat the next. We become like trees planted by a river. Connected to an unending source of refreshment. Our souls are nourished by the Holy Spirit. Rooted in God’s Word. So we aren’t swayed by the winds that come our way.
What kind of tree isn’t bothered by long months of drought? Sounds a little crazy right? Months of drought could kill even the strongest of trees. Oh but not the tree planted by the water. The tree by the water isn’t concerned with that. Because the source of its sustenance is not external. So it is with us who put our hope in God. He is our source of strength. He is the foundation of our peace. So we aren’t bothered by long periods of trouble. Difficulty doesn’t affect our ability to bear fruit. Because we are tapped into the well that will never run dry. We drink from the Living Water of the Holy Spirit. When our hope is in an unchanging God, we can remain strong even when our circumstances are constantly changing.
Today may we dig our roots deep into the soil of God’s Word. May our souls drink from the waters of God’s Spirit. May we become impervious to the effects of fear. Hardened and strong enough even in periods of drought. May we stand firm in hope in our unchanging God. And may we never stop bearing fruit, even as the seasons change.
Love & Blessings,