"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 17:8(NASB)
Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet for he not only warned Israel that disobedience towards the Lord would result in their dispersion amongst the nations, but he was also one who warned of Judah's final downfall and witnessed its devastating destruction - and he wept bitterly, as he watched the Presence of God withdraw from the Temple of the Lord.
Nevertheless there is a message of hope, and a promise of restoration in Jeremiah's challenging message to Judah - a message of hope for all who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour - that even when we are faithless He remains faithful, and that when we are weak and fail Him, He remains strong and His love and grace towards us is never changing - great is His faithfulness.
Like her sister Israel, Judah had also fallen into deep idolatry, which has resulted in an extended period of Israel's dispersion among the nations. Trust in man and the worship of idols has its devastating rewards, but faith in the Lord and His precious promises produces the fruit of righteousness.
And in the midst of this weeping prophet's sharp accusations and strong condemnation of the idolatry of Israel, who had turned from their faithful God to idols, we discover a refreshing oasis in the midst of Jeremiah's condemnatory proclamations. Blessed is the man that puts his trust in the Lord, for he will be like a well-watered tree, who is refreshed and rejuvenated in the streams of living water, refreshment that only flow from our faithful God.
The heart is twisted and perverse above all things, and when we view ourselves from our own distorted perspective we are too often led into error. Only the one that rests in the Lord, trusts their lives into His hands, gaining their hope and strength from Him and placing their trust in God alone is able to be like a well-watered tree - that received hope and strength from our Father in heaven.
Amidst an avalanche of condemnation against ungodliness and idolatry, both Israel and the Church have received God's gracious reassurance: Blessed is the man whose delight in the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of living water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— and whatever they do prospers
Blessed is the one whose confident hope is in the Lord, for he will be like a tree planted by the rivers of living water - that extends its roots into His life-giving streams. That man or woman will not fear when problems and life's difficulties arise, but will hope in the Lord for strength and deliverance. They will not be anxious in a year of drought nor will they cease to yield fruit, more fruit - much fruit, to the glory of God and to their own eternal benefit.
Heavenly Father, thank You Lord that in the midst of all life's difficulties and problem You are my Rock and my Redeemer - my Source and my Supply. Thank You that in Christ I have all I need to stand firm in this evil day. Thank You that Christ is my health, my strength and the stronghold of my life.. I pray that no matter what difficulties arise, that I would draw all my hope and strength from You, so that I may stand fast in the evil day. I pray that I would live a life that honours You and that I would bear much fruit to Your praise and glory - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.
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