They will be like a well-watered garden. (Jer. 31:12)

AGRICULTURISTS AGREE that water is essential for plant growth. It improves crop quality and yield. Without sufficient water, production is severely reduced and losses can be devastating. In 2014 a severe drought in California led experts to project revenue losses as high as five billion dollars by the end of the year. Some of the largest produce farms in the country were affected, as well as collateral industries and enterprises. Without water, there is little or no fruit.

Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord promised that His people “will be like a well-watered garden” (Jer. 31:12). This promise is tucked between a rich description of who God is and what He does for His children. His everlasting love and unfailing kindness are in the forefront. Then He portrays himself as the one who gives rest, the Restorer and the Rebuilder. He promises to lead His people beside the water on a level path where they will not stumble. He is the Shepherd, Deliverer, and Redeemer. He turns mourning into gladness and changes sorrow into comfort and joy.

Each time we drink in the truth of who God is and what He does, we are watering our thirsty souls and becoming a well-watered garden. When we diligently irrigate our souls, the Holy Spirit will flow from within, our gardens will be lush, and the fruit for Him will be abundant.

Soak up God’s Word and spend time in prayer to prepare you to bear fruit.

Kathern Nemec enjoys digging into God’s Word and loves to encourage others with the truth she finds in it.