A tree planted by a stream of water spreads its roots out to the stream and is rewarded with a constant source of nourishment. The heat doesn’t bother it and its leaves are always green. The tree doesn’t have to worry about rain or no rain – its planted in just the right spot. It grows fruit every time its in season. The storms come but the tree’s roots are strong and well-nourished so nothing can blow it away.
Sounds really nice, doesn’t it? God uses this example a couple of times in his word to us – this time it’s in Jeremiah and the same picture is given to us in Psalm 1.
Because this can be us. This can be our life. We can choose to plant our lives very close to the Living Water where we will be rewarded with a constant source of truth, peace, joy, love and encouragement. We will live fruitful, purposeful lives. When we live close to the Living Water, we don’t have to worry about rain or no rain. The storms come but we are firmly rooted, never blown away.
It’s not a one-time decision. It’s a daily decision.
We decide if we’re going to live close to God today.
And then tomorrow we need to make the decision again. And every day after that.
It’s priorities. We all have a long list of things we can fill our days with that draw us away from God.
God just has to be more important to us than those things.
As God moves up our list of daily priorities, our roots grow stronger and we become better and better nourished. We begin to grow more fruit. We don’t have worry about rain and the storms don’t scare us.
By the time God gets to the top of our daily list of priorities, we are experiencing all of the blessings God has for us as we are lavishly fed by his Living Water. Life is not perfect but it’s as good as it gets here on earth. We have a Rock, we have a Refuge, we have a Counselor, we have the Truth, we have a loving Father and an Eternal Savior.
We need to seriously ask ourselves – where am I planted? We can honestly tell where we’re planted by how much of the Fruits of the Spirit we are experiencing in our lives. Love, Joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. How much of these do we have in our lives? The closer to God we grow, we experience more and more of these fruits in our lives. If we want more of these, we know the Source. it’s our choice.
Thank you, dear Father.