Radical Trust

Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water that extends its roots by a stream, and does not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit.

Peace and trust have much to do with one another. I particularly was intrigued by the line that reads, “whose trust is the Lord.” Trust has become a person. It is more than a feeling. The Lord, our God, and Jesus his son have become to us trust and peace. We don’t just trust in them, they become trust within us. The fruit of who they are strengthens the spirit within us that we abide in trust.

I have a friend who is going through chemo. She said the key for her was trusting God and having the fortitude to do what He says. That’s it. I used to talk about radical trust. That is what this is. It is the continual intertwining with Him such that we hear His thoughts and aren’t afraid to follow through with what he says.

In this space where the Lord is our trust, where He provides the sustenance of trust within us, we too are free of anxiety. We are like that tree that continues to put forth its fruit regardless of the earthly circumstances. Don’t just trust the Lord; don’t just trust in Him. Spend some quiet time with Him and ask Him to be your trust, to be the confidence within your soul. Bless you!

Sustaining Trust

Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.”

What refreshing and comforting words we receive today from Jeremiah. The person of faith and trust is represented as a tree. Trees live a long time, longer than humans. In the Bible, they are contrasted with the grass of the field which is here today and gone tomorrow. The imagery portrayed in today’s verse is comforting, I believe, because it paints a picture of something that is not easily swayed by the winds of change or challenge.

He whose trust is in the Lord is connected with the source of life. When our lives are planted near the source of the living water, we, like the tree, draw in sustaining water. Our roots reach out and grasp the Father, Son and Spirit and through that connection they feed and sustain us. Life flows into our root structure through our intertwining with the trinity. This verse says that even in a drought or famine, our leaf shall not wither nor shall we fail to produce fruit.

The fruit from the tree comes from the blessing of the living water. As long as we are tapped into that water, it shall continue to produce fruit in us, even through times of hardship. When our trust is truly fixed on the Lord, we shall not fear nor shall anxiety have a root in us. We are blessed for “blessed is the [one] whose trust is in the Lord.” Even in the time of trouble, blessing flows through the root system of those who trust God.

Fear not, beloved. Your blessing is not from the world, neither is your sustenance. Life is in the water, the living water that Jesus promised us. Even in times of great trial, our trust in our Lord and God fills us with His provision and sustains our souls. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your understanding (Proverb 3: 5), but rather lean, in faith, on Him.