Which Tree?

God says, “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 the heath in the desert” (Jer. 17:5-6a). The word translated heath is “arar”. It is a bush or small tree that grows in the desert even when the conditions are extremely dry for long periods of time even if there is no source of water.  If a weary traveler would look upon this tree they would at first be very pleased because it can look very pleasant and it has what appears to be a nice size fruit. However, when you open it up you will find nothing on the inside that can be useful. It’s very deceitful to look upon. So is the man that trusts in his own strength, on the outside he appears to have it all together and prosperous but on the inside he is as empty as the arar because he is relying on his own strength. God says next, “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” (Jer. 17:7-8a). The tree that is planted by the river’s edge will be strong and produce fruit for weary travelers to enjoy. If we are going to be productive in our service to the Lord then we can by no means trust in our own strength. We must drink of Christ the everlasting fountain and trust Him for the strength we need in order to produce the fruit to help others. Do you look good on the outside but unable to help others because you are empty? Trust no longer in your own strength and trust in the strength of the LORD and you will be blessed and so will others around you.