The Blessed Woman has a God-Focused Hope
We’ve seen how the cursed man and his man-centered trust resulted in him turning from God in contrast to the blessed man and his God-centered trust. Today, we will focus on Jeremiah 17:7-8 and observe the differences that a God-focused hope makes in the life of a believer. The word trust is repeated twice in verse seven. The first occurrence tells us where the trust of the blessed man is placed, and the second occurrence renames the subject of our trust: The Lord. This emphasis is the introduction to the benefits of trusting the Lord that follow.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 – “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Pray: Lord, as I open your Word to seek your face, please guide my interpretation and application of all I read. I desire to be obedient to your Word. Teach my heart today.
- Psalm 1:1-6 is another passage that compares the godly and ungodly. How does Psalm 1:1-6 add to your understanding of Jeremiah 17:7-8? How does a blessed man act? What are his habits? What type of people fills his social group? Where does he find his delight and joy?
- What simile describes the blessed man in Jeremiah 17:8? (A simile is a comparison using like or as.) Explain how this illustration helps you better understand what it means to be a woman with a God-centered trust?
- The four actions that are the responsibility of the tree are listed in the left column. In the right column, describe how these metaphorical actions appear in the literal life of a believer. (The first one has been done for you.)
|Metaphorical actions||Literal implications|
|The tree sends out roots by the stream.||Just as the tree seeks water to remain healthy, I must seek the living water mentioned in John 4:10, the spring of living water mentioned in Jeremiah 2:13, 17:13. This means that I find my strength and sustenance in the Word of God.|
|The tree does not fear the heat.|| |
|The tree is not anxious during the drought.|| |
|The tree continues to bear fruit in the heat and drought.|| |
4. What two circumstances outside the control of the tree threaten the health of the tree? List some current examples of those types of threats in your life.
5. The tree can resist the temptation toward fear and anxiety because its leaves remain green, and it continues to bear fruit (v8). How should this image of a fruit-producing tree amidst a drought encourage us?
6. What is the significance of the location of the tree in connection to its ability to produce fruit (v8a)?
7. What indications of spiritual life are evident in you? Consider the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 and contrast it with the list of the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21.
8. Does examining the fruit of your life replace fear and anxiety with peace or has it illuminated hidden patterns of sin of which you need to repent? Take a moment with the Lord and deal with what you have learned.
In tomorrow’s segment, I will share the ways the Lord has encouraged me to hold fast and draw near to Him. Click here for day five.