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“Anchor in God’s Love”
To be blessed means to feel fulfilled and satisfied
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV)
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
8 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,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
All of the words found in scripture are important, but at Bible Stories from the Heart we find that if we choose a few KEY words to focus upon as we read, we are able to feel the amazing power and love of God even deeper.
Try reading this week’s verses a second time totally focused on these key words:
Trust- (verb) a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Original Word: בּטח- to be secure.
Spreads out- (verb) extend over a large or increasing area. Original Word: שׁלח - to stretch out, extend, direct.
River- (noun) a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another such stream. Original Word: יוּבל- stream.
Heat- (noun) the quality of being hot; high temperature; intensity of feeling, especially of anger or excitement. Original Word: חם- heat, hot.
These verses were written by the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah was chosen by God himself to deliver reverent messages to the nation of Judah.
Connection to us
Earthy things will never completely satisfy us. We were made to need so much MORE! We must realize that our spirits were created with a longing that can only be filled by God himself. We were actually made to CRAVE GOD! It is only when we are anchored in HIM that we ever feel completely satisfied (BLESSED)!
Scientific Facts about Roots:
Permanent Root Types
Trees have a "system" of roots growing from their base. Both the trees and root systems are anchored by a type of root called a primary root. The primary root is a permanent root that support the weight of the upper tree. The deepest primary roots are called taproots. Taproots begin as a small nub which stem from germinated seeds. It is important to note that these taproots continue to grow as the tree matures.
Connection to us:
Like trees, Christians also need strong taproots. But, unlike trees, a Christian’s roots are more spiritual than physical. As a child of God matures and grows, we must also work to grow our spiritual taproot deeper and deeper in Christ! It is this spiritual taproot which will actually keep us firmly anchored in God during life’s hardships and storms.
***You will find a meditative coloring picture at the bottom of this lesson. We encourage you now to take 10-15 minutes to color and meditate on the truths found in today’s lesson. Ask God to reveal himself to you in a new and powerful way. Seek to strengthen your “tap root” deeper and deeper into God’s AMAZING love for you.
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