Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jer 17:7-8)
Review: In the past few posts we have been looking at Jeremiah’s sermon about the sins of his nation and the coming judgment. We now come to the light shining in the dark night of judgment, that light of blessing available to those that will trust in the Lord and NOT in man and their own flesh.
When we put all our trust in God and His goodness, God promises the following blessings will be ours!
The man that trusts in the Lord will be planted.
– This means that God a very specific place for us.
We must needs find and submit to that place. Just as we all expect our pastors to be sure that they are planted just exactly where God wants them, so EVERY Christin should be just as sure that they also have been planted by God in that church and they are growing and serving in THEIR place.
– This means that God has placed us for a specific purpose.
God never works without a plan and design. So, what He plants, He not only has the where planned but the why planned as well. As God plants each tree (member) in the local church, he does so with the entire body in mind.
– This man that is planted in the right spot will spread his roots there.
…that spreadeth out her roots by the river…
Plant your roots in the place God has planted you and STAY and GROW.
The man that trusts in the Lord will be refreshed
…and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought…
When trials come and the heat is “turned up”, the man that has the confidence that he is in the place God has planted him and has stretched out his roots there, need not fear the threats and trials of the sun’s rays. He has deep roots and is refreshed by his Lord.
The man that trusts in the Lord will remain fruitful.
…neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Is not being fruitful our goal? Being fruitful all our lives, every season of our lives, and consistently all our lives is the least we can do for the One who saved us, planted us, and refreshes us.
So, let us not put our trust in man, but the Lord and enjoy the “Blessed Trust”
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