Yesterday I had the chance to preach from God’s Word regarding weariness and endurance. Today I read this in Jeremiah 16:5-8 (NASB), and I’m reminded once again about enduring in the Lord’s strength:
“Thus says the LORD, ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD. For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.’”
We hear in verse 8 (the bolded portion) the language and imagery of Psalm 1 (not to mention Ezekiel 47:1-12 or Revelation 22:1-2). It’s been a hot year, this 2020, but God’s waters run deep, and clear, and cool. No one need fear whose tap root lies in Christ.