Fruitfulness - The One Year Praying the Promises of God


They delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

Psalm 1:2-3

The Word of God is to your life as a river is to trees. And the trees to which the psalmist points us didn’t just spring up naturally. They have been planted. Placed in that location deliberately so that they have direct access to nourishment and refreshment and the flow of life. They put down their roots where water is abundant.

The trees take in the water through their roots, letting it circulate to every cell and molecule. The water that once flowed in the river now flows in the trees. The fruit the trees bear season after season is the visible evidence of what we don’t see— strong root systems.

We find another description of trees in Jeremiah 17:8:

Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

A tree deeply rooted and continuously nourished will be fruitful even during times when the environment is brutal and deadly.

Today, sink your roots deep into the living and active Word of God. Let its truth circulate to every corner of your life. As it nourishes your soul, you will find yourself resilient even when the heat is on. The difficulties of life will just force your roots deeper and make you drought-proof.

Lord, let me drink deeply from your Word. Let it inform my life and transform my circumstances so that I will bear hardy fruit.

The trials of the saint are a divine husbandry, by which [God] grows and brings forth abundant fruit.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon(1834–1892), English preacher and writer

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