A Tree Planted Beside the Waters


The prophet Jeremiah lived in the 7th Century B.C.  He was set apart as a herald of God’s word.  His mission was to proclaim to the nations a message urging a change of heart and a return to the one true God.  His message is still relevant today.

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
More tortuous than all else is the human heart,
beyond remedy; who can understand it?
I, the LORD, alone probe the mind
and test the heart,
To reward everyone according to his ways,
according to the merit of his deeds.

Do we trust in human beings, or do we believe that the true God will always be our hope? Are we planted beside the waters or are we wandering in the desert of our own selfishness?

These are not esoteric questions.  Life constantly challenges us.  Our modern culture often defines evil as good.  Will we drift along on the current of our times, or will we root ourselves in our faith and stand firm in our decision to follow the Lord?

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4 Responses to A Tree Planted Beside the Waters

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    God never shows us something we aren’t ready to understand. Instead, He lets us see what we need to see, when we need to see it. He’ll wait until our eyes and hearts are open to Him, and then when we’re ready, He will plant our feet on the path that’s best for us…but it’s up to us to do the walking. Nurture your great spirit for a great self through the nurturing love of God our Father!

  2. Nancy Novicki says:

    It is so apparent to me that when the true God is your absolute hope,
    you are sickened by the evils of the world!

  3. Nancy Novicki says:

    I feel so blessed to have a loving connection to the Blessed Mother!
    There is no one I rely on more! She is truly my over-worked inter-
    cessor! I know she’s there for me, I know I can count on her & she
    is my role model! To Jesus through Mary, comforting words!

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