As you put the finishing touches on 2016 and begin to think about what colors of paint you will splash upon the canvas in 2017, this is a good time to take an honest assessment of our lives. How am I doing physically? How am I doing emotionally, financially, relationally? And how am I doing in my walk with God? Where am I putting my trust; is it solely in God or do I find myself placing my trust in earthly things?
A passage of scripture found in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah compares a life of someone who trusts in the Lord with someone who trusts in man and manmade things. Here is what we read in Jeremiah 17:5-8…
This is what the LORD says:
Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws his strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not prosper when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.
But 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 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.
Putting your complete trust in Jesus will not take away the storms and the droughts. Putting your trust in Jesus will keep you nourished during the storms and droughts. So as we say goodbye to 2016 and start the New Year why not ask God to give you a faith that keeps you nourished both day and night, in the light and the dark, when the skies are sunny or when they are cloudy, and in the good and in the bad. Go ahead, right now ask God to increase your faith so you can draw nourishment for your roots and be like a tree planted by the water – not fearing when the heat comes, always having green leaves, not worrying about droughts, and always bearing fruit.
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