A tree planted by the water

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 (NIV)

Read: Jeremiah 17:1-18

Consider: For many of us in the United Kingdom we had, over the summer, a prolonged period of hot and dry weather.  This has resulted in trees and other plants suffering from lack of water.  What we have seen is grass, shrubs and trees dying back, as the prolonged dry spell continued.

In today’s passage, Jeremiah does not want us to think of ourselves as trees, but rather to consider how blessed a tree is when it is beside a ready and dependable source of water.  So what do the tree and the water (stream) represent in Jeremiah’s imagery? Note what Jeremiah says: But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him (Jeremiah 17:7).  Therefore, the tree beside the water represents us and our closeness to God.  The water (stream) can also represent Christ and God’s Word (Bible).  Do you daily draw strength and nourishment from your relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)?  Also, is the Bible a sustaining source of refreshment for your soul, not just in good times but also when things aren’t going well?

The prophet Isaiah said: Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost (Isaiah 55:1).  This prophetic word refers to water as being. the promised Messiah (i.e. Jesus).  Jesus himself spoke of living water when in conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-26): Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’ … Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life’  (John 4:10, 13-14).

Are you like a tree planted by the water, or are you Iike a tree that is suffering from a lack of water?

Pray: Father, may we trust in you, drawing strength and nourishment from our relationship with Jesus and studying your Word.  Amen

Every blessing

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