|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 and 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 two: Realize that trusting God connects you to His supply.
Isaiah said this about those who trust in 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.” Trust connects you to a flow that is below the surface of your momentary environment.
Paul said it like this in 2 Corinthians 4:8, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Paul was saying though we are battered and bruised, we are also connected to something that cannot be cut off, run dry, or diminish. His trust connected Him to the flow.
I have read that in the Sahara desert, one of the driest places on earth, that there is a river that flows several meters beneath the surface. Satellite imagining shows where this river flows and allows humanitarians to know where they should dig a well. It is important for you to remember that when you are in the dry places of your life that if you trust God, He can connect you to the flow of His provision no matter the conditions around you. When you trust in Him, He connects us to a flow that is beyond what this world can produce. The limitations of this word and the provisions of this world are no limitation on the provision of God. When you trust Him to the point of obedience, you can also trust Him to bring you to the place of provision.
Today’s Challenge: Understand that when your abilities, resources, and supplies have run dry, trusting God unlocks the door to a stream of inexhaustible supply. Trust puts you in position to be a recipient of God’s provision. You don’t have to make things happen; you just have to trust God who can make anything happen.
Today’s devotion is an excerpt from a recent message at CFA. To listen to the messages in its entirety go to www.pastorgregsanders.com