Fruitful & Green

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jer. 17:7-10)

This is an amazing thought! Notice how important trust and hope are in the human heart! When we trust in the Lord… when we put our hope in the Lord; we get planted, we become fearless in the midst of the heat and patient in the midst of drought. We remain fruitful! This idea is so powerful… its the platform of so much blessing! Like a tree planted by the waters!

The Root System of a Tree:

The root system serves to guarantee the existence of the whole tree. Without roots, a tree simply could not survive. One of the roots’ functions is to anchor the tree in the soil, providing stability and a firm base for the entire structure of the trunk, branches, leaves and ultimately the fruit. For example, the root system of a many trees, though hidden underground; are often as extensive and broad as the crown of the tree… and its longest roots may reach as deep in the earth as the tree is tall.

Another purpose of the roots is to take up water and minerals from the soil, synthesizing food through the woody portions of the roots to the trunk. The thicker, more substantial roots are actually covered with thousands of finer roots and root hairs, which increase the absorbing surface of the main roots. For roots to function properly they must come into contact with a tremendous amount of soil and nutrients. As much as 30 feet of root fibers have been found in one inch of soil when examined with a microscope!

In order to take up water and minerals, the roots penetrate into the soil, seeking the best conditions. In temperate climates, roots are found closer to the surface of the ground, but in drier, arid areas, roots penetrate to a much deeper level, seeking moisture. Some desert shrubs have roots that extend downwards in the earth as deeply as 230 feet!

A final task of the root system is to store food for later use in the growth of the tree’s trunk, branches, and foliage. In climates like that of the Middle East, tree and plant life are often threatened by heat and drought. When we realize this, we can better appreciate the beauty and spiritual lesson of Jeremiah’s analogy of a man’s trust in the Lord… “being like a tree whose roots sustain it in adverse conditions”. Our lives need to be rooted in God’s Word and comfortable with the Father’s correction and guidance.

  • So that – We will not fear the heat when it comes… and our leaves will stay green.
  • So that – We will not be anxious in the year of drought… but continue bearing fruit.

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