|Ditch Your Tumbleweed Experience
By Greg Sanders
Jeremiah 17:5-6 God’s Message: “Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans, Who thinks he can make it on muscle alone and sets God aside as dead weight. He’s like a tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth. He lives rootless and aimless in a land where nothing grows. 7-8 “But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts bearing fresh fruit every season.
God paints two pictures of people. One is like tumbleweed that gets blown from here to there and the other is a fruitful tree that produces fruit in every season. One is dried up and lifeless and the other continues to produce life year after year. Which do you think is the picture God desires our life to exhibit?
This picture is especially meaningful to me personally because I sincerely desire my life to produce fruit in every season. This includes the good seasons and the bad seasons, the young seasons and the older seasons. God lets us know the way to move from being like tumbleweeds that are blown by the winds of life to being like productive trees, and it is by putting our whole trust in Him.
How can we ditch our tumbleweed experience and experience God’s transformation into a tree planted by the water?
Step 1: Realize that trusting God grounds you to His unshakable foundation.
No matter what wind comes and no matter what trouble comes, when you do trust in the Lord you never lose. Psalms 25:3 says, “No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame,” Trust is what grounds us to that which is unshakeable. Jesus gave an example in Matthew 7 regarding the person who hears and does the word. Jesus said it’s like a person who built his house on a rock. No matter what storm came, nothing could shake Him. When we trust God to the point of obedience we are putting our roots down deep into the unshakable foundation of Christ.
Too many people are embracing a tumbleweed theology; their roots are all wrapped up in themselves and never go down to take root in God’s word. They do a whole lot of moving around but they don’t produce much. Why? Because they don’t have any roots. It’s not enough to put down roots. Your roots must be grounded to Christ through obedience
Ephesians 4:14 says, “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming.” The goal of teaching, preaching, and the works of Holy Spirit is to connect you to God so that you are not blown around or blown away.
Trusting God’s word to the point of obedience is what puts the roots of our life deep down into the soil of God’s provision. This trust allows us to be secured against the winds of our culture and the storm that the enemy brings against us.
Today’s Challenge: Trust God to the point of obedience. Understand that every time you trust His word to the point of obeying, you are putting your roots deep down into the firm foundation that will hold you when the storms of life come. Ditch your tumbleweed experience by trusting God today.