Like A Tree Planted By The Waters

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

We can learn so much from nature and its cycles. In some of His parables, our Lord Jesus cited examples from everyday surroundings to convey Biblical truths. Much to my dismay, the leaves of our gorgeous silver maples are turning from dark green to bright red much earlier than normal. This is due primarily to the severe drought and above-average summer temperatures even though we live in the desert. When observing the delicate leaves gently falling to the ground, I was reminded of the verse from Jeremiah 17:8, “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters.”

God fully proclaimed through His prophet Jeremiah what woes were to befall Judah and its surrounding nations and the reasons for them. However, God also delivered hope and the plans for a future restoration for His people. (Jeremiah 29:11)

In Jeremiah 17:5-6, our Lord cautions against trusting in man and departing from Him. A most encouraging contrast and promise is stated in verses 7-8:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,

And whose hope is in the LORD.

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.”

Trees, Rivers, Leaves & Fruit

As I was preparing this message, I sensed The Holy Spirit wanted us to pay close attention to each line of Jeremiah 17:7-8 and do a self-examination of sorts:

#1. Are we fully trusting in the Lord?

#2. Do we have continued hope in Jesus despite what is going on in our chaotic world?

If our answers to questions one and two above are “Yes,” then we are likened unto a tree planted by the waters.

#3. A tree symbolizes a person, righteous believer, our life, the kingdom of God, family, Jesus, and the cross.

#4. Water is the life source for a tree just like it is for humans. Spiritually speaking, water is symbolic of The Holy Spirit Who is given to each one of us when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. (John 4:10-14, 7:38-39, 14:17; Acts 2:38, and Galatians 4:6)

#5. Once the tree is planted by a continual water source, it spreads out its roots by the river. Roots represent our heart and Jesus Christ Who is to be the foundation or taproot of our life.

#6. Rivers symbolize the river of life, The Holy Spirit or a move of The Holy Spirit, the Word of God, a boundary or border, eternity, and river of life. (Revelation 22:1)

#7. A tree that is planted by the waters will not fear when heat comes, will have green leaves, and will not be anxious in a year of drought. For a good contrast and word picture, please take a closer look at the image which accompanies this week’s blog post. The tree directly behind the one whose leaves have already turned bright red is as green as grass. This one could be likened to a tree that is planted by the waters.

I like the following quote from Donald Miller,

“All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried.”

The Apostle Paul penned the following verses while under house arrest in Rome,

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

#8. This tree continues to bear fruit. One of the symbolisms for roots is the foundation without which no fruit can be grown.

So, we can see the progression stated in Jeremiah 17:7-8 for how to continue to bear fruit in our lives.

  • Trust in the Lord.

  • Hope in the Lord.

  • Spread out our roots by the river of life (by way of The Holy Spirit and the word of God).

  • The only fear we’re to have is the holy, reverential fear of God. Fear of man is a trap and a snare. (Proverbs 29:25)

  • Be anxious for nothing. Anxiety is a lack of trust in God. Jesus addresses this in Matthew 6:25-34. If you find yourself becoming anxious, what can you do to increase your faith, hope and trust in God? Recall the former times in which He has helped you, read His word, pray, praise Him in worship, take communion, and rest in Him.

  • Co-labor with The Holy Spirit to continue to bear fruit. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Different Types of Droughts

Broadly speaking for a spiritual application, there can be different types of droughts, if you will, such as:







The Supernatural Hope Flower

Over the course of this long, hot, smoky summer, I wrote blog posts describing petals of a yellow, supernatural “Hope Flower.” These were a series of prophetic visions I received which added a petal each week to complete the floral picture. You can read each one of them on my website Here’s the message from Petal #8.

Supernatural Hope Flower

Prophetic Insights For Daily Living

  • A good companion study for this week’s blog post is John 15. While this might seem to negate the positive aspect of my message from Jeremiah 17:7-8, Jesus’s instructions regarding bearing fruit are vital.

  • Are you experiencing a spiritual drought? If so, what practical and spiritual steps have you taken that have helped you? If needed, revisit the progression from Jeremiah 17:7-8 regarding bearing fruit.

  • God assigned His prophet Jeremiah to Judah and Jerusalem to warn them and the surrounding nations of what was going to happen to them because of sin and idolatry. Also, God gave Jeremiah messages of hope and restoration to be delivered as well. Those who heeded God’s words through Jeremiah and went to Babylon willingly instead of intentionally defecting to Egypt fared far better. Egypt symbolizes the world.

  • Perhaps some of those living in Babylon viewed their lives as a “drought” for the entire 70 years they resided there (Jeremiah 29:10), but God still had a plan and provided for them during their captivity.

  • The present-day challenge may be somewhat the same for us in that we may not be real happy campers with God’s provision or our place of habitation (Acts 17:26). Those of us in the west are still literally living in a smoke-filled drought with virtually dry water reservoirs and loss of income and all that encompasses due to diminished water supplies.


I want to encourage all of us to continue to trust God and place our hope in Him, His Son, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit. They always have our best interest at heart and a plan for hope and restoration.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.

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