Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. —Acts 17:11 (NIV)
Recession...terrorism...H1N1...unemployment. This is what we hear around us every day. But for the Christian who trusts in the Lord, there is a promise of fruitfulness in the midst of drought.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NLT) says, "This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. But 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."
Here we see a comparison between those who trust in men alone and those who trust in the Lord. The first is seen as a shrub in the desert but the second is seen as a tree planted along the river bank. This passage is as real for us today as it was in the days of the prophet Jeremiah.
Notice that verses 5 & 6 talk about the individual who trusts in themselves, the government, the arm of the flesh, etc. They have no real security - everything they trust in is like sinking sand. The end result is that they are cursed. They see no hope for their future. They experience barrenness, emptiness and frustration.
But verses 7 & 8 talk about the person who puts their trust in the Lord Himself. Notice that those who trust in men alone "shall not see when good comes" (vs. 6 NKJV). Good will come but they won’t see it. The reason they won’t see it is because they are looking in the wrong place and giving attention to the wrong things. But in comparison, those who trust the Lord "will not fear when heat comes" (vs. 8 NKJV). We do not fear bad news. We confidently trust the Lord to take care of us (Psalm 112:7).
Keep your eyes on the Lord. Stay close to Him through His Word and stay in fellowship with other believers of like precious faith. When your roots go down deep into Jesus—the fountain of living waters—you won’t worry even when times are difficult. You will be calm through every drought and you will bear fresh fruit EVERY SEASON. This is our portion. Let’s determine to walk in it!
Mark and Stephanie Moder, founding pastors