Together we have looked at many people’s initial responses to the word THRIVE. I have shared why I am tired of overcoming. I even broke one of the cardinal rules of blogging. Before we go any further, let’s pull back for a different perspective. Truth is, only one Person knows what it really means to THRIVE. It’s time for a God’s-eye perspective on this topic.
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.
This passage identifies what we must do to THRIVE, the reality of life, and the results of THRIVING.
What We Must Do to THRIVE
It starts with trust, and for many of us this is the hardest part. After all, with all the crazy things that have happened in the past [month/year/lifetime – you choose the time frame], how can we possibly trust God?
Then the prophet further describes trust as having confidence in God. Confidence is an even stronger word than trust. It means we don’t even have to think about it, we just know God will come through.
And yet, many of us don’t breathe in trust and breathe out confidence in God. We struggle every day, some worse than others, but only rarely land in a place of quiet trust. Are we doomed to a less-than life, with THRIVING ever out of reach?
As one who breathes in more worry than trust, I often feel anxiety when I read promises like this. They seem more like curses because of my own issues with trusting God. This is the power of the mustard seed. God sees the best in us and enlarges it when He looks upon us.
Faith is like Brylcreem: “A little dab will do ya.”
The Reality of Life
The prophet Jeremiah does not ignore the harsh truth of living in a broken world. Heat will come and sap our energy. The pressure of work and children and spouses and expectations and church and cleaning the kitchen and fixing the car and remembering to brush your teeth can feel as stifling as an Ohio summer day.
We can feel so drained.We will experience droughts.
Long seasons in which there is little sense of God’s movement in our lives. And we believe there is something wrong with us when we don’t walk in the wonder of God’s goodness. Yet the promise here is not for no droughts. It is for thriving in the midst of drought and absence.
The Results of Thriving
The results of thriving from a God’s-eye perspective is nothing short of amazing. We are told that we can bear fruit all the time. In the midst of a drought. In the middle of a heat wave. No matter what. But that’s not the exciting part – it’s the ‘why’ that is truly exhilarating.
In the same way a tree next to a water source is built distinctly for the purpose of surviving various weather conditions, so we are built distinctly to thrive in the different seasons of our life when we place our trust in God.
In other words, life works best when we place our confidence in God. When this world conspires against our intended purposes we must remember this — We were built to trust.