Jeremiah 17:7-8 – Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. (NKJV)
Several close friends have been hit with problems that came without any warning at all. As the difficulties grew, they became filled with fear and anxiety. I've experienced those types of problems, and possibly you have too. So what can we do when we find ourselves in situations like these?
When I consider the sweltering heat of summer, I often picture myself relaxing on a shaded riverbank, listening to the water wash over the stones.
As much as I enjoy thinking about this pleasant scene, I know there is a deeper meaning to be found in the phrase "like a tree planted by the waters". This spiritual picture has much to say to about life.
The scripture describes God's word as water. Since God knew we couldn't live and grow without clean, pure water, He filled the earth with a vast supply of it. God's word is also needed for life and growth. This water, the word of God, is the only thing by which we can grow spiritually. The water of the word is also the only thing that will cleanse us from the defilement of sin. God speaks about "cleansing [us] by the washing with water through the word" (Ephesians 5:26). The word reaches deep into the recesses of both the heart and soul. God created us with a need for both physical and spiritual water, and we will die if we do not avail ourselves of either.
When God speaks of a blessed man being like a tree planted by the waters, He is telling us that we need to keep on reading and "drinking" in His word every day. He knows that, when we fill our mind with His word, we will find that the word, like water, refreshes anything it touches. We will also find our "roots" have grown deeper and stronger. This will cause us to be able to stand when the strong, hot winds of troublesome situations blow in upon us.
In God's time, we will also bear fruit, if we obey the admonition to stay by the water. Let's become one of the blessed ones who trust in the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, please help us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of You. Thank You so much for all You have done to show us the way to walk each day. Amen.