Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

A Tree Planted by Living Water

Jesus told this parable:

Jesus said, “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’   (Luke 16:19–24)

How the rich man, in hell, longed for just a taste of water. How much do we long for a taste of living water? We read from the Prophet Jeremiah:

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.

They shall be like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots by the stream.

It shall not fear when heat comes,
and its leaves shall stay green;

in the year of drought it is not anxious,
and it does not cease to bear fruit.   (Jeremiah 17:7–8)

Jesus desires to give us living water that we might bear fruit in his name. But we must put our trust in him. There are so many distractions on the earth to lead us away from him and what he has to offer.

The psalmist wrote:

Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked,
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the seats of the scornful!

Their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and they meditate on his law day and night.

They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither;
everything they do shall prosper.   (Psalm 1:1-3)

Are we planted in Christ? Are we planted in his word? Or are we planted in the culture of this world? This world as we know it is passing away. Worldly success is not our salvation.The rich man achieved his worldly goals but failed to recognize the gift of God  when Christ was right at his door.

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