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Trees 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 17:7-9

It is easy–natural, even–to look at our circumstances and allow them to dictate our attitude.  When the sun beats down and the rains don’t come, we have two choices: retreat in defeat or pray for rain.  Of course, I’m not just talking about physical heat and drought, and neither was Jeremiah.  We all want to be like the tree planted by the stream whose roots plunge deep into the soil in search of life-sustaining water.  We all want to be able to take the heat of adversity and come out on the other side with green leaves.  And we all can face the heat of fear with the same confidence when our trust and faith are firmly fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ.  In spite of apparent drought, we will never fail to bear fruit when our hearts and minds are focused on the one who came to set us free from fear, unbelief, and every manner of sin.  Our God is an awesome God!

Whatever your battle today, take comfort in this truth: your God is able to deliver you from the hand of the enemy.  Just trust him.  The rain will return.

Shalom y’all.

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