“Blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. The heart is devious above else; it is perverse – who can understand it? I the LORD test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.” Jeremiah 17:7-10
An honest assessment of my life uncovers times of producing little to no fruit, times of producing bitter fruit as well as times of producing rich juicy plentiful fruit. The times of no fruit are caused by planting myself away from Jesus, the water of life; the times of bitter fruit are caused by planting myself next to bitter toxic ponds of static water, but the times of fruit are when I am rooted right next to the living water God provides. Oh that each moment God may test my heart and mind and find them full of love, grace, and mercy. That I always be about producing good fruit! Fruit formed by God’s Holy Spirit always present and never quenched in my life. May the same be for you!