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.” Jeremiah 17:8
I can visualize it now. A big beautiful tree planted by a stream. It’s lovely branches hanging over the bubbling stream, swaying like delicate lace gently in the wind. Sounds peaceful and inviting doesn’t it? This is the kind of tree you’d want to read and picnic under. This tree is beautiful! It has dark green lush leaves, not those ugly brown ones that are shriveled up, even during drought. Even during drought? Incredible! This tree doesn’t worry or fear when the heat comes. Fear or worry? Trees can’t fear or worry. What is this scripture saying? How does this relate to me?
Well let’s look at the preceding verse.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. Jeremiah 17:7
He in verse 8 is referring to those of us that trust and hope in the Lord. By trusting and hoping in the Lord our roots grow deep. We’re then able to stay strong during adversity. Notice it doesn’t say the tree had green leaves because it always rained – which for a tree is perfect weather. No, the scripture says even in drought it has green leaves. Always green leaves. Drought! That doesn’t sound very good does it? Especially a year of drought! A whole year without the benefits of refreshing, life-giving water flowing like manna. What a tree! Even though it’s not living in ease being watered frequently, It’s still bearing fruit! Matter of fact it NEVER fails to bear fruit!
We too can be remain fruitful and receive our daily nourishment from God’s word. His word will sustain us through our trials, tribulations and adversity. Adversity will come, but we can still bear fruit for the kingdom of God. Trusting God and remaining in His word deepens our roots and grows a strong faith in us, not shallow belief, but deep faith. What a lesson for us all.