by John Michalak
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose trust the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
When something is simple to understand or simple to do, people will often say, “Come on! It’s not rocket science!” Meaning, the knowledge or practice isn’t nearly as complex as the ingenuity it took to put a rocket into space. People are making something far more complicated than it has to be.
Rockets didn’t exist in Jeremiah’s day, but he would’ve liked this phrase. If you sow seed in the dry soil, if you don’t water it, protect it, provide lots of light, it’ll wither and die. But if it’s planted in moist, nurturing soil, it’ll grow strong and will be able to withstand the drought.
If you expect to grow strong relying on the guidance and approval of man, if you trust in the strength of your flesh, departing from the LORD, you’ll wither and die. But if you fear God and trust in Him, you’ll grow strong and can endure life’s biggest challenges.
It’s not rocket science.