The Old Testament emphasizes a personal relationship with God as criteria for a fruitful life. If I am looking, God is immediate and ready to come to my aid and become a part of my life.
God rewards those who trust in him. Even in adversity my fruitfulness is assured. Old Testament writings abound like this. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
Psalm 23 is the famous saying of how my reward and protection are guaranteed as I listen and follow my good shepherd. When recited as a prayer, I gain great courage and comfort in these words. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23
Yahweh, I desire to have a personal relationship with you. I want to be fruitful and to grow strong roots and be able to withstand adversity while always bearing fruit. Amen.