Jeremiah 17:7–8 (ESV) — 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
How amazing is this? Note 4 things:
- Those who trust in the Lord – vs. anything or anyone else are those who have the following privileges. Bare trust, the idea that “everything will just work out” without Christ as our anchor is fool’s gold. It glitters, but is a baseless promise. All things WILL NOT “work out” for those who reject Christ. Especially not on the Day of Judgment.
- The one whose trust is the Lord finds nourishment, refreshment and sustaining “water” in deep hidden places. Places the World cannot see, nor can go to. Places hidden for those who know and love Christ. Places in deep recesses where no one would ordinarily think to go. He does not supply us with surface remedies, but those drawn from the eternal depths of His own love and inscrutable person.
- Believers do not deny that there are seasons of unbearable heat. The Bible does not deny it. It instead testifies that those in Christ are sustained in and through it. And that it is our privilege to not fear those hours, days, weeks or years. That His promise to keep us supplied by His grace so that we will still retain the green leaves which testify to His life in us – no matter what.
- Believers experience times of great spiritual drought. Painful, lonely times when God seems desperately distant. When our spiritual growth seems not only imperceptible, but even receding. When the Bible seems to stop speaking and times in prayer are like crying out to a deaf Heaven. Doubt, weariness and loss of resolve attack the heart and mind. And yet, yet, for the one whose trust is the Lord, we need not be anxious even in such seasons. Because it is The Lord whom we trust, not the perception of our own state. Because even in such times, He is determined to bring the precious fruit of His Spirit out of our dryness. Because He is faithful in all of His promises, we can be dry, and yet not anxious – because He is who He is.
What blessings attend those whose trust is in the Lord.