What Kind of Tree Would You Be?
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 16,17; Psalm 96; John 16
Today’s Key Passage – Jeremiah 17:5-8
Years ago, I was interviewing for a new job when the interviewer asked me perhaps the most clichéd question in the history of employment – “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” To this day, I have never really known how to answer this question. I have always been a pragmatic person, so a question like this has always seemed silly to me. I could have said I would be an oak – strong and dependable, or a pine – flexible and resilient. I could have said I would be an evergreen – full of life every single day. To be honest, none of these answers would have really meant much to me. Fortunately, today I found a much better answer to this question in God’s Word.
In today’s key passage, God is speaking through the prophet Jeremiah about the difference between putting our trust in men versus putting our trust in God. He says that some people put their trust in men and depend on their own strength as they turn away from God. (Vs. 5) These people are like a barren bush living in the desert. (Vs. 6) In contrast, some people put their trust firmly in God. These people are like a tree planted next to a stream, whose leaves are always green and who never has to worry about a drought because it will always bear fruit. (Vs. 8)
As we walk through our lives, we have a choice to make every day. Which kind of tree will we be? Will we put our trust in men and settle for a life barren and devoid of God’s blessings, or will we put our faith and trust in God and bear fruit for Him daily? The next time I am asked this question in an interview, I will know exactly how to answer. I want to be a tree planted by a stream. I want to put my whole trust in God.
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- What Are You Doing While You’re Waiting? Jeremiah 29:4-7 (dianneguthmuller.com)
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- Why Do People Stay On Their Self-Destructive Path? Jeremiah 8:4-5 (dianneguthmuller.com)
- Heat for Expansion (eyes2cross.wordpress.com)
- The Old Tree (barefootpreachr.org)