A Tree Planted...
A Tree Planted...
Jeremiah 17:7-8 says;
"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."
Psalm 1:3 says;
"He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper."
These passages of scripture remind me that a tree has a time of rooting. If a tree doesn't take rooting, the wind and storms will take it up. As believers, if we are not rooted and grounded in His Word we will be shifted by every wind of doctrine. The storms of life will sway us back and forth.
As a tree needs to be rooted in it's soil we need to be rooted in His Word so we can handle the fruit bearing season and whether the storms of life.
The branches from trees stretch out because they can't survive only on water. They also need the sun as we need to be under the Son, Jesus Christ. You will see the results of the power of the sun on a plant, as you will see the results from the power of sitting under the Son, Jesus Christ.
Getting under the Son, is getting in His presence. Staying in His Word, living a life of holiness, and letting others see Jesus Christ in us! Others, will be able to see if you have been basking under the Son by the fruit you bear, just as the trees bask in the sun and the beautiful green leaves begin to spring forth!
Questions for reflection:
1. What kind of tree are you?
2. What fruits do you have?
3. Your leaves, what color are they?
4. By looking at these pictures, are we acting like we are dying or are we vibrant and in full fresh bloom?
Help me to be like the tree planted and rooted so when the storms of life hit, I will be strong and I won't vacillate and be uprooted! Thank you, Father for your patience, kindness and holiness! You are such an awesome Friend!