The “Good”

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

There are a few verses in the book of Jeremiah that, when I read them, immediately caused me to think of “the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  Those will be the themes of my next three posts, all taken from this passage in Jeremiah.

Here we find the “good.”  “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.”  The verse tells us this and then goes on to give us a delightful description of the life of that man.  Nothing in the description is bad and everything would be things that we would all like to have exemplify our own lives. 

The picture is of a very fruitful tree, planted by a river.  A tree planted by a river has no worries about obtaining water (I suppose a tree doesn’t technically “worry”, but this is imagery so we will go along with it).  A tree planted by a river has all the water it could possibly ever need.  The heat doesn’t bother this tree and the drought that kills other trees not rooted by the river won’t touch this tree.  This tree is ever supplied by an endless flow of pure water.

The same can be said of those who put their trust and their hope in the Lord.  He will constantly nourish and help them.  Even when there are trials and troubles and problems all around Him, He will not whither and will continue to bear fruit.  This is an excellent picture of how wonderful it is to fully trust in Him.

 

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    “A tree planted by a river has all the water it could possibly ever need. The heat doesn’t bother this tree and the drought that kills other trees not rooted by the river won’t touch this tree. This tree is ever supplied by an endless flow of pure water.”
    This is a really neat thought! All it needs, He provides. 🙂 (I now understand the differences between what I want and what I need and what I think I need and what He knows I need!) He provides for me, not what I think I deserve but what He knows I need to survive (Hope this adds up 🙂 )

    I shared this elsewhere this morning. I am laughing now as I see how it fits into your post. It’s the first 3 verses of Psalm 1 in the Message Version
    “1 Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked, who don’t go where sinners go, who don’t do what evil people do. 2 They love the Lord’s teachings, and they think about those teachings day and night. 3 They are strong, like a tree planted by a river. The tree produces fruit in season, and its leaves don’t die. Everything they do will succeed. ”

    God bless you, Ben. May you be ‘Happy’ and ‘Good’ in Him!

    Blessings
    ann

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    • The difference between what I want and what I need is usually a big one. 🙂 And, I hadn’t thought of it, but this passage does fit in perfectly with Psalm 1. And may you also be “Happy” and “Good” in Him!

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  2. I remember reading Ann’s comment from Psalm 1! 🙂 I love that it goes here too. And Ben, that is a lovely, good thought and I long to be like that tree, letting Jesus be the water that sustains me, bearing fruit for Him. God bless you as you move into the “bad and ugly” posts! ha!

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    • I want to be that tree, too! Isn’t it crazy how often we are that tree and we get to looking at the other trees out in desert and we get jealous of them? Crazy. I want to be content in Him!

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