“Dwight, unless we sign a new contract within the next two months our company is finished.” “Bob” I responded, “Let’s take a look at Jeremiah 17:7, 8”:
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
We observed that this “blessed” person is:
Joyful in soul, trusting God amidst life’s circumstances, as he draws nourishment from the stream.
Producing healthy fruit; undaunted by drought.
After spending considerable time pondering the passage he said, “Yes, that’s nice Dwight, but we still don’t have a contract!” (Translated: “It’s pleasant to read the Scriptures, but I have to face reality.”) So I said, “Bob, let’s take a few minutes and look at Jeremiah 17:5, 6”:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.”
We noted that this “cursed” individual is:
Cooled in his heart toward God, having become dependent upon his own ability for survival.
Spiritually dry and impervious to surrounding prosperity; dwelling alone in a dying environment.
In the weeks that followed, Bob began to draw nourishment from his daily times of meditation on the Scriptures. As an inner peace settled in, it became obvious that he was changing from a withered “bush” into a healthy “tree.”
And yes, two days before the dreaded expiration of the contract, Bob and his company signed an agreement that literally overwhelmed them with work for years to come.
QUESTION: So which are you? A thriving “tree,” or a withering “bush?” If you are a bush, what steps will you now take to begin the process of becoming a healthy, fruitful tree?