Embracing the Lean Times


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Wednesday, March 30 2011

“But blessed is the man
who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.”
Jeremiah 17:7

Have you ever considered at what point a test becomes so difficult that you
decide you can no longer trust in God and you must take over to solve the
problem? The prophet Jeremiah describes a situation in which the temptation to
solve a financial problem can become so great that we trust in man’s way to
solve it.

This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who
depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. He
will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes.
He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one
lives. But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in
Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the
stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no
worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:5-8).

Jeremiah drew a sharp comparison between the man who trusts in his own
effort to solve his problem and the man who trusts in God when he cannot see the
outcome. The man who trusts in God bears fruit despite the circumstances in his
life. He does not shrivel when the heat comes; in fact, his roots go deeper into
God’s grace. He continues to bear fruit in spite of his circumstances.

Recently, a friend from South Africa explained to me that whenever a plant
lives in an arid climate, the roots drive deeper and deeper into the soil to get
the water they need. This forces the plant to develop a root system that is far
beyond the normal plant because it is forced to go deeper to gain the water it
needs. Sometimes God forces us to go deeper into the grace of His love in order
to build a greater foundation in our own lives. These lean times are designed to
accomplish this in us. If you find yourself in this condition, ask the Lord who
provides the water for our soul for the grace you need today to continue to bear
fruit in the desert.
I may have posted this before but it’s worth doing again,because we’re going through so much and let us remember “God is Faithful and Great is His Faithfulness”!!

2 Responses to “Embracing the Lean Times”

  1. pbus1 Says:

    Pat, beautiful post today. Definitely a word, for such a time as this! Thank you so much for sharing! God bless, my friend!

  2. Pat Says:

    Thanks Paulette,it is a word fit for today I know so many Christians are struggling and I’m just doing my best to encourage them. I appreciate you and thanks for your comment.
    Love ya 😀

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