“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 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.” 17:7-8
Take notice that those who trust in the Lord are not exempt from trials or suffering, they are simply cared for and God is with them. The sun still beats down. The drought still exists. I also noticed that this verse tells us it is possible to be healthy within suffering. Circumstances don’t dictate how the godly will act.
I’ve gone to this verse over the years in the face of hardship. It’s not a bandaid. It’s not a false promise, or fluffy words pulled out of context. It’s a beautiful promise sandwiched in between some hard truth.
Before it, God reprimands those who put all their trust in humanity. And after it, he says that the human heart is the most deceived of all things. Why trust in man alone? I can’t even trust myself.
Godliness does not give you instant gratification. But we are promised that it pays off, that it provides solid ground to stand on and will not be in vain.
The verse above tells us that when we trust in God, we are like trees with deep roots near water, receiving the substance we need in the hard times. Roots take time to develop, to thicken and grip themselves into the earth.
Are we putting in the work to set down roots with God?
Establish a relationship with him now, instead of scrambling towards him in a storm. Let’s learn from the people of Israel, who rejected God over and over again, ignored his warnings and faced severe consequences. Humanity cannot offer us what we truly need. Settle down and establish a deep relationship with the one who does.