The Bible compares a person who trusts in God to “a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river” (Jeremiah 17:8). Because its roots are well-nourished, this tree survives soaring temperatures. And during drought it continues to yield fruit.
Like a firmly rooted tree, people who rely on God have a sense of stability and vitality despite the worst circumstances. In contrast, people who place their trust in other humans often live with a sense of instability. The Bible compares them to desert shrubs that are frequently malnourished and stand alone (Jeremiah 17:6). So it is with the spiritual lives of people who forsake God.
Where are our roots? Are we rooted in Jesus? (Colosians 2:7). Are we a bridge that leads others to Him? If we know Christ, we can testify to this truth: Blessed are those who trust in the Lord (Jeremiah 17:7).
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without Him I would fall. —Thompson