We place our trust in many things and many people during the course of our lives. At some point ALL of those things and ALL of those people will let us down. We live in a fallen world where everything wears out. We live with fallen people where even the best of us falls short of the mark. That is the bad news.
There is good news! Jeremiah 17:7-8 tells us 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.
I love that these verses begin by telling us who is blessed. The one who trusts in the Lord is blessed. That means that you and I can both be blessed if we choose to trust the Lord and place our confidence in Him. Trusting God is not like the other things we place our trust in. [pullquote]GOD IS COMPLETELY TRUSTWORTHY![/pullquote] Let’s take a look at what this means.
These verses tell us that we will be like a tree planted by the water with our roots by the stream, if we trust in the Lord. There are three big promises in these verses. First, we don’t have to be afraid when the heat comes. We have seasons in our life when the heat definitely gets turned up. These could be seen as times of testing or trials that all of us go through. If you are trusting the Lord, you will be by the stream and the heat will not make you wither because you have your roots deep, near the water.
The second promise is your leaves will be green. When you see a tree that should have green leaves, but doesn’t, you can be sure that the tree is not receiving the nourishment it needs. God promises us that if we place our trust in Him, we will be nourished. With our roots growing deeply into the rich soil by the water, we will be sustained.
The third promise is that we will always bear fruit. As we trust, and God nourishes and sustains us, our lives will bear fruit. Even in the years of drought we will bear fruit because our roots are deep.
So, the question today is… who or what are you placing your trust in? Your answer to this question will determine if you will be nourished, sustained, and fruitful.