|Mara planting a tree by the river.|
"Thus says the Lord,
"Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength,
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes,
but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
a land of salt without inhabitant."
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes;
But it's leaves will be green,
and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit."
What a choice we have!
Do we want to be like a withered up bush (when we choose to rely on our own-selves instead of God) or do we want to be like a green tree that bears fruit (the product of trusting in God)? The answer seems pretty obvious doesn't it?