The Messenger: Pastor Davis
Text: Jeremiah 17:1-18 Message:
Today, when we take a look back at our church’s history, our involvement in the community, and our outreach to the children in the area, we have to ask ourselves an important question – “What happened?”
In the text, Jeremiah paints a beautiful word picture to describe people who lead lives of faithfulness to God.
“. . .blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They 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. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.” (vv.7-8)
The scripture says that people are like trees and have some of the same characteristics. For example, they both stand for something, have their own individual purpose, there are good ones and some that are not so good, and there are no two that look alike. There are some that bear good fruit and others that bear bad fruit, and some that bear no fruit at all. How you behave as a tree depends on how deep your roots go because they are trying to reach water. People go deep for knowledge and substance in God. On the other hand, some people are like bushes. They’re like tumble weeds. They get blown around when storms and trouble come their way. Trees that are planted deep down in the soil with strong roots don’t get blown or dry up and fade away. People with strong, deep roots also continue to grow and stretch themselves as far as they can and don’t bend when hard times come their way.
If we have deep roots in God, we will bear good fruit even in the midst of a drought. We must not give up. We must sink down into the water and reach higher than we have ever reached before!