Dear Precious Friends,
On this beautiful TGIFF (Thank God I'm Forgiven Friday) I pray you are waking up to a new day thanking God for the gift of life and breath knowing we are here because He still has work for us to do. As believers and Kings Kids, it is essential we are deeply rooted in God's truth. We are either in a storm, coming out of a storm or getting ready for a storm.
The prophet Jeremiah paints a beautiful word picture to describe people who lead lives of faithfulness to God!
Faithful people are like trees that grow beside a river and their roots extend to the deep parts of the river where there is a continuous source of water to nourish them. These trees are not disturbed by heatwaves or drought conditions because they are deeply rooted in the river.
Jeremiah contrasts a life of faithfulness to God with a life that trusts only in human strength and ability (vs. 5-6). He says a way of life that trusts only in human ability is like a shrub that lives in the desert. It is stunted and has no hope for survival for any length of time.
Taking the metaphor to its full meaning, God is the river of life and the trees planted by the river are God’s faithful people who are rooted in God’s eternal life. But the stunted bushes of the desert are faithless people, people who have not been replenished by God’s living water and so they have no hope for eternal life.
As God’s faithful people, we can withstand the storms of life because we have put down deep roots in God–in His Word and His promises–and it is our source of life as we bear fruit by proclaiming His salvation. We must center our hearts on Him, fully placing our trust in Him. In our limited understanding, it is difficult to fathom how God could provide for us when our circumstances seem impossible. But hallelujah and glory to God that His thoughts and ways far surpass ours!(Isaiah 55:8) In His infinite wisdom He has the ability to transform our trials into triumphs. We all have experienced some days that are a lot more trying than others, and there are moments when it is hard for us to relinquish our worries and cares into the Father's hands. But again, God is in total and complete control of every single thing that concerns us. God's word reminds us over and over of the Lord's ability to meet our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)
Much like all of the lessons our Father teaches us, fully and faithfully trusting Him is a process. It is a matter of studying His Word, understanding how He is speaking to us through it, praying it back to Him, and believing that He will do exactly what He says.
So simply put, as we desire to be spiritually deep, then we must become deeply rooted in God through His Word, the Bible.
“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.” (John 7:38, NLT).