“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
There is blessing that comes when we trust in the Lord. When our confidence is in Him, there is strength to endure and be fruitful in life. This is on display when ‘the heat comes.’
It’s when life is tough and the future seems bleak that our hearts are revealed. Do we have our confidence in God then?
The heat is on in my life. There continues to be a lot to worry about. If I knew the future, maybe I wouldn’t fear, right?
Good News! My Father knows the future and He knows me, so I will say that my confidence is in Him. I will trust His leading and His plan and know that I am blessed.
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Yesterday we read John 15 where Jesus taught that we must abide in Him to bear fruit. Living a fruitful life is God’s desire for us. It is also a blessing to us! When our lives are producing fruit in the midst of a drought, it’s then that God receives great glory because, clearly, we could not have such a life without Him.
Father, make me like that tree that has its roots deep down into the water You provide; whose leaves are ALWAYS green. I will not fear when difficult seasons come because my hope and trust are in You. Produce the fruit of this grace in my ‘year of drought’ and bless other people through me, is my prayer. I live for You today.