"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
I love the illustrations God uses in His Word! As you read this passage from the book of Jeremiah, can’t you just picture this tree? There it stands near a trickling stream of fresh water, tall and strong and green, while the sun beats down and the grasses all around it bend in the sweltering breeze, dry and parched. Its branches are laden with fruit, and it is still able to provide shade for those who rest beneath it. Its roots are deep, and despite the adverse circumstances at the moment, there’s no doubt it will continue to thrive, a haven, an oasis, a testimony to the blessings of deep roots.
You know, roots are something we all want to establish for our children. We drive into our old neighborhoods and feel a sense of belonging and wonder if they will ever experience that. Certainly another hotel room, or short-term apartment, or a house rented just for the summer, is not going to give them that “hometown” identity. And we begin to worry. Will they feel like vagabonds? Will they have an answer to that dreaded question, “Where are you from?” Where will they go when they need to go “home”?
We need to look at these verses again. What is it that produces this solidness, this sense of security and lack of fear, in a man? A hometown? A neighborhood? A house? Attending the same elementary school every year? No. Not even close. The man who has deep roots, roots that provide sustenance in the midst of drought, is the man whose confidence is in God. The person who trusts God is the one whose leaves never wither and who always bears fruit.
It doesn’t matter what kind of situations our children may face if we teach them, through our words and example, to trust the Lord with all their hearts, then they will weather every storm. They will have true, deep, effective roots.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for providing all the security and strength we could ever need, and for being our immovable, trustworthy rock and redeemer.
Suggested Reading: Colossians 2:6-15