Deep roots

ATD 41The Word

“…blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7, 8


Louisville, Kentucky sits along the banks of the Ohio River and was my home until age 21 when I moved to attend a Bible College in Missouri. My childhood home was on the west side of town just a few blocks away from the river. Though my parents encouraged me when I was a young boy to not go near the water, I would occasionally ride my bike to rivers edge, especially during my fifth and sixth grade years, to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smell of the mighty river. The bank was host to huge Cottonwood, Oak, and River Birch trees the roots of which would sometimes grow stretching far across walking paths to reach water’s edge. Even during hot dry summers these trees remained green and seemingly unscathed from seasons of drought because their roots were more dependent on the river’s water than the rain that wet the surface of the ground surrounding the trees.

Jesus told us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and that the need required to carry out the design of God in this earth life would be supplied as we followed Him. The Bible instructs us to place our trust and hope in Him and not be ruled by natural circumstances. We are to draw life and counsel from Him and His divine sources which are inexhaustible and will lead us through the challenges of this life.


I thank You, Lord, that You are my source and I am not dependent solely on the resources produced in the natural. Amen.


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