"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
Don't place your faith in nouns. Sooner or later every person will disappoint, every place will lose its luster, and every thing will wear out, become outdated, or lost. But there is One who will never disappoint. That's why the person who puts their trust in God will be blessed. Today's verses give three benefits of trusting in the Lord.
- Constant nourishment. The person who trusts in the Lord is like a tree planted by a stream. The roots make their way to the fresh and constant flow. The tree will never lack for food. Thus, the believer, whose confidence is in the Lord, will have no lack of spiritual sustenance.
- Constant protection. The heat comes, but the tree by the stream is appropriately shielded. There is enough sun to make it grow but not too much to burn its leaves. Thus, the believer will experience some heat through various circumstances and challenges. We need some heat to make us grow. But God will always be there to protect us. He will not give us more than we can bear.
- Constant fruit. Dry times come but the tree planted by the stream has everything it needs to bear fruit. Thus, the believer will experience some dry spiritual times ... but connected to the source of nourishment and protection, we will continue to produce the good works that God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
Two questions arise to challenge you: In whom or what do you trust? In whom or what do you place your confidence? The answers to these questions will determine whether or not you are receiving the nourishment, protection, and fruit that come from dependence on the heavenly Father.
Father, make us like trees planted by streams of water. Please nourish and protect us. Allow us to accomplish the good works You have prepared for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.