The Meaning Of Trusting The Lord

7 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
8 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 a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)

The above tells us the benefits we gain by putting our trust and confidence in the Lord. Ask yourself this question:

· Do you trust the Lord?
· Do you have full confidence in him?

I am sure many Christian would have come up with a politically correct answer and said “yes” but what they have in their minds are different from what the above verse says.

When the religious people said they trust God, what they truly meant is they believe the situation around them is caused by God. Their role as believers is to accept them passively.

· If they are sick, they believe God made them sick for some reasons. Trusting God means accepting his “gift” of sickness and believing that God has a purpose to make them sick.

· If they got into an accident and broke their legs, they believe God planned for the accident for some reasons. Trusting God means accepting his “gift” of accident and believing that God has a purpose to break their legs.

· If they failed in an examination, they believe God made them fail for some reasons. Trusting God means accepting his “gift” of failure and believing that God has a purpose to make them fail.

· If they are poor, they believe God made them poor for some reasons. Trusting God means accepting his “gift” of poverty and believing that God has a purpose to make them poor.

The above are not exhaustive but I believe you got the idea. However, the truth is God is not a sadist. He will never do perverted things on us for any reason. When God tells us to trust in him, He wants us to tap into his resources so that we can be the people he wants us to be, according to Jeremiah 17:8.

8 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 a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:8 (NIV)

Let me show you the detailed meaning of the above verse:

“He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.”
The writer uses the analogy of a tree. When a tree is planted by the water and has its roots by the stream, it has access to unlimited water supply. This tree will never run out of water.

Water represents refreshment and the necessity of life. When we live our lives in full confidence to the Lord, we can live our lives with great confidence no matter how the situation around us changes because our supply of refreshments and the necessities will never run out. There is always hope for us.

“It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.”
Heat represents the unpleasant things we face. If you have been living in the real world long enough, you will know that things can invariably go wrong.

· No matter how well you take care of your health, there will be some sickness attacking you.

· No matter how well you manage your finances, there are bound to be some financial difficulties from time to time.

· No matter how well you do your job, there will still be some hiccups either caused by you or somebody else.

In short, welcome to the real world. However, if your roots are strong through your faith in the Lord, you shall be able to overcome all these difficulties. You don’t have to fear when the heat comes. Your leaves are always green.

“It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Drought represents a prolonged state of an unpleasant situation like an economic crises. Many of us are living in a drought now. Just as we thought the sub-prime crises in the United States is bad, the European countries are facing the same problem. How to survive, let alone get rich in such situation?

However, if you have truly put your trust and confidence in the Lord, you do not have to worry at all because the Lord knows how to do his job. The blessing of God is not depended on our external environment. The economic statistic is not the source of our prosperity. The Lord is.

This is why we can bear fruit even in a year of drought.

Conclusion.
Trusting and having confidence in the Lord is not about accepting the situation around us passively. They are about living our lives boldly, positively and with full confidence that we can overcome all the trials, difficulties and challenges that are in our way.

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One Response to “The Meaning Of Trusting The Lord”

  1. Bhel S.Gamueda Says:

    I am blessed !!! May the Lord Bless you abundantly!!!


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