5 This is what the LORD says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who depends on flesh for his strength
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands;
he will not see prosperity when it comes.
He will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
7 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
8 He 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.”
A fruitful tree or tumbleweed, this is the imagery here in Jeremiah 17. What makes the difference? It depends on whom you trust. Place your confidence and trust in people and you’ll be rolling around in that barren place. If your confidence is in the Lord, you’ll be planted and fruitful!
The strain and stress of life is too great not to be planted. Having roots down deep provides stability for me. Having roots drawing from the river of life provides sustenance and will be the reason there is good fruit.
Father, my confidence is in You and nowhere else. I will boast in what You will do (and have done). In the year of drought I will have no worries because I am closely connected to You. Thank you for providing everything I need for life and godliness. You are an awesome God – worthy of praise – and I worship You today.