A tree planted by water

Last updated on April 19, 2021

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

In various Bible passages, people who trust in the Lord are compared to flourishing trees planted by water. By contrast, the wicked or ‘people who turn away from the Lord’ are compared to a bush in the wastelands or to chaff that the wind blows away.

This imagery makes clear that the Bible deems a relationship with God of crucial importance for all of your life. That is not to say that God will take away all the problems, sickness and poverty right now. He will do that in the future, when He creates new heavens and a new earth (see e.g. Revelation 21:1-4), but in this life believers will face suffering. Nevertheless, the Bible teaches us that “for those who love God all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28).

God’s blessing can show in material and earthly welfare. But far more important are the spiritual blessings: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV).

Is your life rooted in God?

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