Deep roots bear fruit. Farmers know this. Anyone who has a “green thumb” recognizes the need for a strong root system – to draw up water and nutrients to feed the plant, to secure it in the soil so it can withstand the wind, and to reach far and wide for resources in every direction.
Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Trust in the Lord. Trust implies obedience. It represents a solid life foundation of faith. The blessing from this trust is a secure foundation against the winds of life. The blessings of trust, faith, and obedience are a strong spiritual foundation to resist temptation and it is faith that carries us through doubts and fruit. Fruit is what the world sees and receives from you – because of your roots in the Lord.
Does the world see and receive your fruit? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These aren’t just emotions and demeanor. How do you act out your fruits in service and ministry? How are YOU reaching, feeding, and releasing?
Father, you have provided us “Thus says the Lord” in clear, plain, understandable ways. Forgive us when we ignore or forget. Help us to grow our roots deep in determining actions of prayer, studying your Word, and worship. We pray that our lives will be filled with fruit that reaches, feeds, and releases others. Remind us that the fruit we bear isn’t supposed to be for us – but for others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.