Saturday, August 2, 2014

Like a Tree Planted by the Water

Lately I have been reading through the book of Jeremiah, and what a sad book it is . . . the Lord pleading with the nation of Israel to turn back to Him, and while they continue to say they follow Him and certainly appear religious, they worship and serve other gods, rejecting the One who had done so very much for them, the one true God. The Lord pronounces righteous judgment against them, yet still they continue in their rebellious ways.

One thing that especially stands out to me whenever I read this is God's amazing love for man and specifically the nation of Israel. Yes, He judged when necessary, yet part of the purpose of that judgment was to turn their hearts back to Him. And if they had but repented and turned to Him in repentance with a whole heart, they would have been forgiven. His love and mercy truly know no bounds!

And He continued to give such beautiful promises to them. One from chapter 17 that I read several days ago really spoke to my heart . . . .

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
and whose trust is the LORD.
For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
that extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
nor cease to yield fruit."
Jeremiah 17:7-8

How encouraging and also convicting this is! Trusting . . . by simply trusting in our all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise God and Father, having Him as our trust and surety, we are like that tree. Growing strong from the living water that He gives to us, nourished and bearing fruit through the sustenance He alone gives. Resting in peace and not fear as we are forever rooted in the life-giving stream of Jesus Christ.

3 comments:

  1. Such an encouraging post ~ thank you. ♥

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  2. I am glad it was a blessing to you, Mrs. Anne!

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