“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” ~Jeremiah 17:7-8
When I read this passage today, it struck me anew with insight. This is my prayer. That despite the “droughts” that enter my life, especially in times of waiting for the Lord to move, I can stand firm on the assurance that my roots are in Christ. As my roots are in Christ, He fills my longings for renewal and for growth.
Do we truly hope in Christ? Is our confidence found in Christ, or is it found in the condition of our circumstances?
If our focus is attempting to gain a filling from an external source–whether it’s approval from those around us, or from the affirmation we receive from our occupation, we will never be satisfied. Our satisfaction will not come from these places, because they continue to leave us dry. However, the Living Water fully satisfies us and allows us to grow from within, to produce green leaves and fruit on the outside as evidence of His filling us.
We MUST be rooted down deeply into the Lord, the nourishment of our souls. What an AWESOME thought to ponder that we will not run dry or wither when we’re in Him, despite the harsh surroundings we are faced with.