Fruitful in Every Season – By Donna Miller, November 6, 2017
These past few days I worried incessantly concerning someone else’s decision to pick up an offense against me. Even though I was being a friend to her and tried so hard to help her, I had no control over any of her decisions. I let the enemy pile on layers of condemnation and false responsibility about something I can’t change.
Jesus asks in Matthew 6:27 “ Can we, by worrying, add a single hour to our life?”
We worry about many things, don’t we? Children, finances, unexpected changes, choices our loved ones make.
I worried in this instance that God could not use me to help this one friend. Allowing myself to worry about this gave access to the enemy to blow it all out of proportion! Satan took this one little occurance and condemned me that I was not useful to God in Women’s Ministry and I might as well just pack it up!
Dictionary.com says worrying gives way to anxiety or unease, allowing one’s mind to dwell on troubles. To agonize, overthink, panic, lose sleep, torment oneself.
Jesus doesn’t want us to torment ourselves like that!
Oswald Chambers, is quoted in “Our Careful Unbelief” as saying, “It is not only wrong to worry, it is unbelief; worrying means we do not believe that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never anything but those details that worry us. Have you ever noticed what Jesus said would choke the Word He puts in us? Is it the devil? No— it is “the cares of this world” Matthew 13:22
He ends his devotion by writing “The greatest word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon.”
I consider myself a disciple and student of Jesus Christ. But do I abandon myself to Him?
Whenever I worry, I am putting into action my unbelief in the goodness and integrity of my God.
God rained down manna each morning to sustain the Israelite’s in the desert, and He gives us a fresh apportioned supply of His Grace every morning for the day He foresees that we will have.
But we can waste today’s grace worrying about tomorrow. When I use His grace and strength today to worry whether He will come through for me tomorrow, I can imagine how this must hurt my Heavenly Daddy’s heart!
I need to remember this the next time I’m tempted to dwell on something out of my control. I won’t get it right every time. But God is pleased by my desire to grow in this.
Psalms 1:2-3 promises “But 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.”
Meditating on God’s Word saturates our minds, building our confidence in Jesus because we can see Him in all His glory. Saturating something means to thoroughly soak it so nothing more can be absorbed. Saturating our minds with God’s Word crowds out fear and worry. There’s just no room for the enemies antics! What isn’t allowed to hang out in our minds can’t take root in our hearts. Win win!
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. 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.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
An old pastor of ours once told us that a tree’s branches are only as wide as its roots. God designed it that way. Otherwise the first storm that comes along, the tree will topple.
I want to be the tree in these Scriptures. Learning to joyfully abandon myself to Jesus. As we root ourselves deep in the cool soil of His Word and drink in His living water, God will take care of the details in our lives. His Word promises that the leaves on our branches will stay green and we will never stop producing fruit no matter what season we are in.
Which means I can be confident that God is using me for His glory no matter what the enemy tries to whisper! In fact, when I am saturated in God’s Word, there is no room in my soul for the enemy to whisper into!
Even now in this Autumn Season, the trees don’t know that they are preparing for winter and are not worried that they are about to forfeit their leaves. They are focused on joyfully digging deeper in the cool soil and thriving. Their branches are stretched out towards their Creator, trusting whatever comes is part of His plan for them!
I’m beginning to understand what living in abandon to Jesus means!
God’s promises are true and I don’t have to just ‘wish’ to be like the tree in these Scriptures!
Be encouraged today!
P.S. We are here for you!! Let us know how we can lift you up to our Heavenly Daddy! ❤️