Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope [confidence, security] is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
Many scholars believe that the tree Jeremiah referenced in his writings was the acacia tree, a species abundant in the deserts of ancient Israel. This marvel of creation, designed by God, exhibits remarkable resilience, enduring decades of intense heat and drought. The key to its survival lies in a robust root system that sustains it through the harshest of conditions. Even amidst drought, the acacia tree generously blesses locals, offering shade by day and wood for fire by night. Its stability and purposeful placement make it not just a mere presence but a source of utility, providing shelter and productivity.
Remarkably, the acacia tree embodies a peace like the tree described in Psalm 1:1-3—it does not give in to anxiety. This aspect invites us to think about the wisdom that can be gleaned from the tree's nature.
So, what lessons can we draw from this resilient tree? Much like the intentional design behind the acacia tree, we, too, can be purposefully planted. Considering the analogy, being planted in the local church serves as a strategic grounding, preparing us for the storms life will unleash. This deliberate planting is more than a happenstance; it is a profound choice that provides the necessary roots for spiritual nourishment.
Being rooted in a community of faith allows us to weather difficulties and glean valuable insights from our experiences. These roots become a source of nutrients, enabling us to grow and flourish, passing on the wisdom we've acquired to others. The intentional act of being planted is not a random occurrence but a purposeful decision, underscoring the significance of joining a faith community, shaping us for a purpose beyond ourselves.
Make church a priority in your family. Make it non-negotiable. Dive into his word daily by yourself and join a small group.
God, I want to know you more and to develop strong roots so the storms of life won't destroy them. Help me saturate my life with the gospel and your truths so that I will have a foundation that will not be shaken when the winds blow. In Jesus' name, Amen.