Living Life God's Way 12/7/2004; Rooted & Fruitful
- +Living Life God's Way+
When we talk about perfect trust, we're talking about what gives us
character, the stability to handle the hard times. Trusting God doesn't
our circumstances. Perfect trust in Him changes us. It doesn't make life
all rosy and beautiful and neat and lovely and financially secure and
comfortable. But trust that is rooted in an abiding faith in God makes
all that is real in us - secure, relaxed, and calm
against insuperable odds.
Rooted and Fruitful
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or
stand in the way
of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law
of the Lord, and on
his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by the
streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does, prospers.
My parents and my brother live in Tucson, AZ. If you climb up into
the foothills of that city during the dry months of the year and look
out over the valley, you'll discover that everything has turned into a
lovely shade of tan!
But if you look more carefully, you'll notice that there are
several lines of green that run throughout the valley. These lines are
trees that have grown up along the underground rivers. While the
riverbeds fill quickly when it rains in the valleys or the mountains,
they are dry most of the year. However, underneath the surface the water
still flows, even when it's hot and dry.
Psalm One tells us that those who trust in the Lord and spend time
in the Word are like trees planted by streams of water. What a great
image! Such people are.....
Rooted, that is rooted and anchored in the soil of God's
unconditional love and care.
Fruitful. With God's Word coursing through their hearts and minds,
and his Spirit active in their lives, they are productive for his
Thriving. Even through the disappointments of life, God's love
sustains us and fills us with a joy that transcends our circumstances.
The choice is yours. You can either let disappointments dry you
out, or let the Word of God keep you well watered. I don't know about
you, but I prefer green to tan!
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