If we could just remember, when the going gets tough, to “just stand”… I wonder how different things would be for us?

Thus saith the Lord; cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like a heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

Jeremiah 17:5-6

Looking around “out in public” it’s NOT common to find things like reverence or worship, and certainly not prayer. Unfortunately, that includes many homes these days. Unless it’s Sunday and they’re in the church parking lot, a lot of people just put “religion” on the back burner and go on about their lives.

As if their lives were a separate thing… apart from God somehow.

But God!

When problems come up, these are the people that look to everything around them BUT GOD to fix the problem. They might lean too much on a family member, depend on a specific product to work its wonders, or even let their emotions lead the way.

The problem is, there are too few that go on to read these next verses:

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

So, if we trust in the Lord, there are some things we can expect:

  • That we will be like a tree planted by the water… always plugged into the SOURCE OF LIFE. Those roots gather both water and nourishment from the water, in much the same way as we gain everything we need, “according to HIS riches in glory.”
  • That our roots will be so deep, we won’t even know there’s a drought going on. When we are in the place we’re supposed to be, we might see things going on around us, but we will have built our foundation on rock and not sand.
  • The green leaf symbolizes a healthy relationship that happens when we firmly plant ourselves in God and His Word.
  • We won’t have to be “careful” in the “drought” because we have everything we need to make it through.
  • And finally, we will not cease from yielding fruit.

Just Stand

Sometimes it’s hard to just STAND when the whole world is going crazy. And it’s usually those that are closest to us that really draw our attention away. But we can still be like that tree planted by the water.

Today as we focus on HIM once more, bringing our dearest requests into the throneroom, let’s also ask Him to bring revival to this wilderness, and turn people’s hearts back to Him.

For more great reading on the subject of “Just Standing”… visit a blog written by my brother in Christ, David:

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