“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him. He 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 the year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17: 7-8 (NIV)
Jeremiah tells us that God blesses those who trust Him and rely on Him. We are told that people who trust God become strong, have deeps roots in Him and can withstand great quantities of stress. Their attitudes are always gentle and kind. A person who trusts the Lord does not worry about the hard times that come that are out of their control and are always productive.
As I wrote these thoughts, I had to confess that I haven’t always trusted the Lord as I should have because I have had times when I worried about how certain issues, especially those I could not control, in my life would work out. My attitude has not always been cheerful or kind. My days are not always productive. The bottom line is I have not learned to trust Jesus enough-yet. But I am learning.
I am partial to the saying, “I know I’m not what God wants me to be. But praise the Lord; I’m not where I used to be.”