Blessed is the one who trusts.
“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)
Blessing is always linked to trust in the Bible. Those who trust in God are blessed, whilst those who do not trust miss out. That’s the message of Jeremiah in this passage. He uses vivid language to contrast the vitality of those who trust God with the parched existence of those who trust in worldly things (vv. 5-6).
We’re told here that God provides a source of strength and refreshment quite independent of how things are going in this world. God is a stream of flowing water, and our trust is like roots put out to reach that goodness. When our trust connects with God’s living water, our leaves will be green and we’ll be fruitful. That means being spiritually healthy and producing good things in our lives. It all flows from reaching out to God in trust.
The heat is on at the moment – a virulent disease, supply shortages, social isolation, unprecedented government restrictions. This will be a year of drought in many ways, when we’ll miss things we normally take for granted. But when we trust in God, we don’t need to fear this heat, and we need have no worries in a time of shortage.
This verse encourages me, and I hope it encourages you too. It tells me that it’s not just about getting through hard situations, it’s about flourishing in them. These verses speak of green leaves despite the heat, and fruit despite the drought. Confidence in God will not just get us through Coronavirus – it will actually help us thrive throughout it.
If your soul is gasping for a drink right now, reach your roots out to the stream. It’s right beside you. You need only stretch out for it. Would you like a bit more confidence and a bit less fear? A bit more fruitfulness and a bit less worry? Start by trusting God. You will be blessed.
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