The man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.
– Jeremiah 17:7-8 HCSB
Happy Wednesday brothers, some of which I have known well and those whom I have yet to meet. The topic of trust has surely been touched upon in previous posts yet I feel this verse above to steer my thoughts here midweek into the same topic. How does a man TRUST in the Lord? Honestly, I often doubt my own ability to fully “let go” and give everything thought, moment, and item to Him, yet, we are to live this way. Or is that the appearance we provide to the world? A few years back I would say yes, I “appeared” to trust fully and embrace His FULL WILL in all things in my life. Today I can see that was not the case at all. It may have been my want or my desire for that FULL trust to be present but looking back I am sure there was far less trust present.
Why bring this up on “Happy Wednesday”? Not quite sure, but as we grow in our faith and experiences, and I read this passage in Jeremiah, I find strength. I have read some posts and heard real life stories the last few days of sadness, grief, anguish, “vexed” spirits, and loss. These stories from friends and neighbors and co-workers of who I should be the shining light too…. right? The people that are counting on us most to say the right word or place the hand on the shoulder or give a hug perhaps? Yet, often the word isn’t there, or I miss the golden moment to embrace a hurt or fear… yet trust…. it is above the emotions and the circumstances. It is beyond the here and now and transcends time and place when it really starts to take ROOT in your heart.
Listen friend, to hear someone say they wake everyday and NEVER fear or worry or fret or anguish about every day life sounds really cool. I TRULY believe God, in his majesty and divine ways can free men to be amazing and trusting and SUPER POWERFUL FAITHFUL CONSISTENT SOLDIERS of the Kingdom. I’m not so sure those FULLY TRUSTING are always transparent about every scenario that comes their way. Listen, i’m talking to myself here, but I think trust comes in other ways as well. In the quite thought when isolation creeps in and a man is tempted to look at something evil, and he doesn’t. When the time is available to skip out from a promised function that may not interest you but YOU GO, and participate. Each moment you catch captive the thought that may have changed to sin or drop the dollar on the family item or budget instead of spending on yourself. Or whatever, I’ll fill in my own blanks…… right?
Brother, blessing from the LORD comes in MANY different forms. As one of my favorites, (The Grateful Dead) would sing, “one mans garbage is another man’s gold.” We all have very different needs and wants and the Father seems to be incredibly skilled at consistently filling the spot or void with His blessing WHEN WE TRUST. Read it again once more, but slowly…
“The man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.”
Can we sit on this passage today together? Can we search for the streams that our roots may be deep and strong and fervent lines of HOLY SPIRIT packed energy and strength. That source of life, that standing on the ROCK, is the shelter from the storm, the green foliage in the drought, and the fruit producing. Be patient man, be consistent, be engaged, and press IN… that we may be ROOTED in the Everlasting Light, His name is Christ.
Father, help us to trust you. In the high and the low and the thick and the thick, we need you! Set our roots deep Lord and keep us straight in the high wind. We love you Father.