Our Bible verse for today: “The person who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water. It sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Stay healthy in the Lord.”
I love the little retirement home Linda and I live in. There are many positives about the house and the community but one thing I don’t like so much is that the house behind us is pretty close to my property line. The neighbors are very nice but still, a little too close. So I’m attempting to grow a large hedge of Foster Holly trees along the property line to provide a little more privacy. When mature, the trees will be 12-15 feet high, 5-6 feet wide, and very thick. It will be a high thick wall of green.
However, we recently we had a terrible drought here in Tennessee. For about two months we had hot temperatures and no rain. And dummy me, I failed to take care of my trees. I didn’t water them very much and now they’re brown and withered. The drought is over, and I am working diligently to nurse the trees back to health, but they really suffered during that dry spell. If I had only watered them, they would still be healthy and flourishing.
That’s the picture Jeremiah paints for us in Jeremiah 17:7-8 except, it’s about our souls not trees. He says that the person who keeps his or her soul properly nourished by trusting in the Lord and nurturing their relationship with Him, will be like a healthy tree planted by a good source of water. Their roots will be deep and when the heat of life’s trials comes, they will remain healthy and flourishing, they will not fear, they will not doubt, and they will continue producing good fruit for the Lord.
That needs to describe us. And if you don’t drink long and deep of the Lord’s goodness every day? Your soul will end up like my trees – unhealthy and withered!
Yesterday I told you about my friend who is battling terminal cancer but doing it in an admirable and inspiring way. What’s the secret of his strength, courage, and great attitude? He’s trusting fully in the love, watch-care, protection and provision of God, and he’s doing all the things necessary, every day, to stay spiritually healthy and strong.
The hard times in life can feel like a terrible drought with blistering heat and few things to soothe or refresh us. Those are the times we need the Lord more, not less. Those are the times to draw closer to God not pull to away from Him. God loves you, and He will take care of you through the times of trial, but you need to stay close to Him. You need to stay healthy in the Lord.