Today's reading

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green…. –Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV

December 8, 2023

The River of Life

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green…. –Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV

To truly trust is to have confidence and reliance on another with assured hope. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV). When we have assured and unshakable hope in our Savior, we become unmovable. Psalm 125:1 (NKJV) says, “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.” As we trust in the Lord, we become like a tree transplanted by streams of water where we will be nourished by the River of Life—Jesus. 

When we commit and surrender all to Jesus, He becomes our source of strength and our anchor in times of turbulent storms. As we put our trust in Him, He moves us from darkness and replants us in the kingdom of life, where we remain deeply rooted in Him. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we draw from the River of Life. We do not fear when the heat of troubles comes, knowing that our leaves will always be green (healthy) and we will be able to stand strong. 

With faith and trust in the Lord, come and draw from the River of Life.

prayer focuses

My Father in Heaven, help me to trust in You wholeheartedly so that my faith will be unmovable.

Holy Spirit, be my source of strength and be my rock in difficult times.

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Sunilda Quiles

Sunilda has resided in Sarasota since 1992. She has three children and four grandchildren. She has known the Lord for 48 years and loves to write about His goodness, love and most of all His faithfulness. She has two published articles: One in Angels on Earth and one in Spectrum Nursing magazine.