“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He 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.”
Refreshment for the Thirsty Soul
The oldest tree in the world is thought to be a bristlecone pine tree named Methuselah, located in California’s White Mountains. The estimated age of this tree is almost 5000 years, meaning that it has remained standing and living through many seasons of extreme California heat. Over this long period of time, the roots of this tree were consistently able to reach life-sustaining water.
The length of our days on earth will never reach 5000 years, but our experience with life on earth can be much the same as it has been for this tree. There are times we feel the heat of life: pressure at work, family demands, or daily troubles and challenges we did not see coming. There are times our souls feel withered and parched—thirsty for love that no one seems to be showing us, or longing for forgiveness that our guilty conscience convinces us is never coming. In other words, there are times when we might worry, wondering how much longer we will be able to stay standing through the unbearable heat and droughts of life.
Jesus knows how hard those moments are. He felt the heat of this world too. He walked its dry dirt. He felt its hurt and saw its pain. He knows what it’s like to be thirsty for love that many people did not show him. And though he didn’t need forgiveness for any sin, he still knows the hellish pain of being punished for every sin, as he offered his perfect life on a cross as a sacrifice, all to assure us that there is no heat or drought or sin on earth that will keep us from standing forever in the perfection of heaven.
So, you don’t need to worry. If you do from time to time, though, you always have a stream of Living Water to which you can go to satisfy your thirsty soul. You have the Word, which is where you will always find Jesus and his wonderful promises to be with you.
Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us such perfect promises of love and forgiveness to trust as we walk through life. Let us never fail to refresh our thirsty souls with the truth of all that you have done to save us. Amen.
The devotions on Thursdays and Fridays in March reflect on Truths for Today.
Source: WELS Devotions