Merriam – Webster gives one definition of the word “meditate” as “to focus one’s thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over” For the past few days I can’t seem to get my thoughts away from a few verses. I have been, as the definition says, meditating or focusing my thoughts on the depth of this truth.
Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17: 5 – 8
What if we really lived out this truth? What if we really chose to put all of our trust in the Lord, and not in the flesh? In a world where jobs are lost, pay is cut, and yet the daily amount of money required to survive seems to be increasing all the time, if we choose to put our trust in our job, or the amount of money in our bank account, we will not thrive. It seems almost contradictory. It would seem so obvious in our culture that the exact thing you need to survive is money and resources. But not in the Kingdom of God. For His word says that if we trust in the LORD, we will be like a tree with our roots deep in the stream. No matter the heat or the drought or the lack of the very things we need to survive, we will NOT cease to bear fruit. We will not be anxious in the midst of our lack, because our life source comes from where our roots are planted. Yet, if we put our trust in the flesh and turn our hearts away from the Lord, we will be like a shrub in the desert. No fruit to bear, no life in our leaves, truly experiencing the reality of the drought.
Whether you are actually reading this in the morning, or the afternoon, or right before you go to bed, I encourage you to take a minute to meditate on these words. Focus your thoughts on this truth. Ponder over the reality of your true source of life. In meditating, we can continually turn our hearts back to Him, place our trust back in His name, and send out our roots again and again to the place where we can be truly sustained.