Updated: Dec 19, 2022
Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.
For many of us producers, weather is a constant wild card. This year, like many in Texas, was marked by drought. Too little rain and our crops die, our animals have to be sold at low prices because just about everyone is having to sell too, and rising costs of critical inputs caused financial sacrifices that many have not recovered from. The general uncertainty farmers and ranchers face coupled with a lack of ability to control their situation, leaves America's producers at risk of stress related mental and physical health conditions.
God has continually reminded me that when I place my hope in my own ability to control outcomes, I am like the seed,"that fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root." Matthew 13:5-6. He reminds me that the tree does not worry, it simply stays close to the source and stores up water when it can so that it can withstand the droughts, because the water will come back. In the same way I am to have faith that God will supply my needs, I am to stay close to Him as my source of hope and strength, and I am to store up His word in my heart for the seasons of drought in my life.
In what ways are you remaining near God as your hope and strength?
2. How are you preparing for the droughts in your spiritual life?
3. Thank God for the seasons in your life, times of abundace and times of drought, because they all help us to experience God in different ways.
4. Prayer: Father God, I am greatful for the seasons of abundance in our life and I am grateful for the seasons of drought. Without the droughts, I wouldn't know the joy of dancing in the rain. I pray that you bless all who read this devotional and lead us to a deeper fellowship with you and with on another. In Christ's name I pray, Amen.