How To Grow Fruit In Times Of Drought

Friday, August 30, 2013

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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They 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 17:7-8 (NIV)

I live in southern Texas where drought has been a way of life. As I write this post the weatherman is reporting five straight days of triple digit temperatures with zero chance of rain. This has been the norm for the last few months - hot, dry and humid. What makes drought harder to deal with is hearing that in other states they are experiencing record rainfall. Some are enduring flooding. The reality of life is that drought is a season. It comes and goes. Eventually my area will enjoy the tropical August storms that are normal. We just have to be patient and adjust to the season we are in.

Our life as followers of Christ is the same. There are seasons; ups and downs; valleys and mountains; sunshine and rain; abundance and drought. They key to enduring those seasons of drought and difficulty is to be prepared. Jeremiah 17 gives us this important key. It is called TRUST. It is easy to trust in God during seasons of abundance, when times are good and easy. It is hard when we are living in times of drought. I have found that our dependence upon God tends to dry up during times of abundance. But that is when we must practice putting our complete trust in the Lord so that we are firmly rooted in relationship with him so that when drought comes, our deep roots will continue to nourish us and produce fruit.

Here is the fruit that is produced by completely trusting in God.

#1 - It moves us from self-reliance to total dependence upon him.

We have a choice of where we place our trust. We can trust in ourselves but that limits us to our own limited resources. Or we can trust in God who has unlimited resources that never run dry.

#2 - It moves us from fear to confidence.

Trusting in myself, other people or the things of this world leads to fear because none of them are completely trustworthy. Trusting in him melts away fear because we know that he never fails.

#3 - It moves us from pride to humility.

Putting my trust in myself forces me to take the credit for things I have no control over. Putting my trust completely in him forces me to give God the sole glory and honor for the outcome.

#4 - It moves us from blame to thanksgiving.

When we put our trust in things and people we set ourselves up for disappointment because they will fail us. Our only recourse is to blame those things and individuals that let us down. Putting our complete trust in God only leads to thanksgiving because even though things don't turn out exactly the way we may have wanted, we know that he is always faithful.

Whatever the season you are walking through right now, I encourage you to put your full and complete trust in the Lord and nothing and no one else. This is the only way that will guarantee fruitfulness when the drought comes.
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