Lesson: Your life depends on roots (Roots Series – Part 1)
Jeremiah 17:7-8 Modern English Version (MEV)
7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
and whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,
and that spreads out its roots by the river,
and shall not fear when heat comes,
but its leaf shall be green,
and it shall not be anxious in the year of drought,
neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Did you know that what you see above ground in a tree is really determined by what’s hidden underground?
It is what happens out of sight and in the hidden place, where the plant roots live and growth takes place and that ultimately determines both vitality and survival. The bigger and healthier the root system, the bigger and healthier the tree.
In Jeremiah chapter 17 verses 7 through 8, we are told that a person who trusts in the Lord is like a tree that has been planted by the water; with deep roots that extend us to the life giving stream. Because of where it is located, it is both secure and confident that no matter how severe the storm or drought, there is a constant and guaranteed source of replenishment, nourishment, refreshment and life.
We read in God’s word that not only does this tree survive, but it thrives; in fact it thrives so much that it produces fruit. It is important to understand that the tree’s vitality and existence is a direct result of intentional and strategic placement. According to Jeremiah 17:7-8 the person who trusts the Lord is positioned to be blessed. Furthermore we see that as a result of being blessed, that same person will bring forth fruit. This entire scripture is soaked in the solidarity and intention of a person depending on the Lord. It also shows that the direct byproduct or result of trusting in God is blessing and fruitfulness. In other words, every positive aspect articulated here in this verse, is a direct result of the person being in a position to receive health, life and vitality; all in spite of the worst of circumstances.
So whats the catch? Well, we see right out the gate that in order for a person to experience true vitality and a prosperous life, they must first have their trust established in the Lord.
Sure there are things in this world that can provide temporary security or pleasure: money, fame, health, talent, etc. but all of these can be taken away. Think about it, none of the things that this world can offer are 100% guaranteed. Stocks fall, banks fail, health declines and tragedy happens. All of the comforts and pleasures of life as well as the most basic necessities can be stolen, lost, or taken away.
The unique constant for the person who we read about in Jeremiah 17:8 is that their trust is in God.
God is eternally guaranteed…no question. This is why trusting in Him provides complete security and prosperity in spite of what is going on around us. No matter how bad the rain pours or how hot the sun burns, the person who has the roots of their life deep in trusting the Lord will not only survive; they will bear fruit.