March 1

Jeremiah 17:5–10
Luke 16:19–31
Psalm 1

“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.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8

“They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3

Both the Jeremiah & Psalms readings talk of trees planted by water, bearing fruit, & not withering. Our lives in God are like those trees. When we are planted by God’s water, our roots grow deeper in Him. Deep roots enable trees (and our lives) to stay green and continue to bear fruit. Those roots spread into areas that we have perhaps not recognized, areas where God wants us to move and prosper. I never imagined the career paths God provided in my life!

Jesus accomplished some of His greatest work through a group of men who were completely unqualified for their calling. I promise He can, and will, do the same through you. I encourage you today, with your spirit growing deeply in God, your eyes trained on Jesus, and your ears attentive to His call, to STOP, DROP, AND RUN…towards His calling! He will provide all you need!

Jesus, I am humbled that You consider me worthy to be used—in ways big and small—to accomplish Your will here on earth. Help me respond without hesitation whenever I perceive Your voice calling me into action. In Your powerful and equipping Name, I pray, Amen.
-Barbara Cheyney