But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 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.
If you are a child of God in Jesus Christ then you are connected to the eternal, unending, and continuing power of Almighty God. This connection is strengthened by a spiritually healthy root system. That is why it is so important to devote yourself to becoming spiritually mature. You benefit from the stronger spiritual root system just “like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.”
A closer walk with Jesus involves persistent trust through the storms of life.
Spiritual growth comes as you persistently trust the Lord to care for you through each storm of difficulty that enters your life. As you experience God’s supernatural provision through your difficulties then belief grows into complete “trust” and “confidence.” Those things that would normally produce “fear” are met with faith. You don’t know how or what God will do to take care of you. You just know that He will…no matter what.
For a tree, extreme heat is a destructive enemy that dries up the water source vital for survival. The heat of the sun burns the leaves on the parched tree causing them to wither and die. If it is a fruit tree it will no longer be able to bare the fruit for which it was intended. So it is in the life of an individual. Dreams and potential are destroyed by the intense heat of adversity.
A closer walk with Jesus requires a healthy spiritual root system.
In today’s focus scripture, we see a picture of a tree that is planted by an unending life source. It is the “tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.” This picture depicts the life of the believer who is firmly rooted through trust and confidence in the Lord. The tree remains healthy even when threatened by heat and drought. “Its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
When you are rooted far from the eternal power source then you have removed yourself from the flow of God’s blessings. But the person who is firmly rooted in Christ remains in the flow of continual help from God. The spiritually mature Christian can withstand more, handle more, and stand up under more than those rooted in the world. The closer you are to God the better equipped you will be for handling life’s painful circumstances.
A closer walk with Jesus keeps us linked to the power source.
God’s lesson here is that we should stay close to the power source. We do that by growing in our relationship to God through spending time with Him, learning from Him, and following His instruction and direction.
What do you do when the heat is turned up in your life? If your response is something other than trust and confidence in God then you still have lot of growing to do. Growing in Christ takes time and effort, but it is well worth the investment.
I have been blessed in knowing some individuals who were very firmly rooted in the Lord, spiritually mature, and unquestionably close to God. As they faced adversity they never lost their faith in the source of their eternal life. Regardless of how things looked they continued to trust and remained confident in God’s provision and help. As the heat was turned up in their lives they provided comforting shade and good fruit for the benefit of others. God blessed them by making them a blessing to others.
As I read Jeremiah 17:7-8, I am reminded of the spiritual song, Just a Closer Walk with Thee. We don’t know who wrote the song or when it was written. It was first recorded in 1941 by the Selah Jubilee Singers and has since been recorded by many popular artists including Elvis Presley, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Randy Travis.
I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.
My prayer for you is that you will be like that “tree planted by the water.” May you reap many blessings by a Closer Walk with Jesus.
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