…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 a few blocks away from the river. Around age 10 I began to occasionally ride my bike to rivers edge, 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 stretch 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 drew from the river more than the surface water of rain.
Jesus told us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. As we do, the need required to carry out the design of God in this earth life would be supplied as we follow 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.
Lord, you are my source for life. You are my protector and your provision gives me strength to follow and honor you according to your will. Amen.
“And don’t let us yield to temptation” Matthew 6:13