5 Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
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.
The very first command that God gave to man was, "Be fruitful." God demands, desires and delights in fruitfulness - physically as well as spiritually. This is not just a principle found in the New Testament but is also a recurrent truth in the Old Testament. let's consider this passage from Jeremiah on the life that is fruitful in 3 ways:
- It's ___________________________(v. 7)
- It's ___________________________(vs.5,6, 8a)
- it's ___________________________ (v. 8b)