But blessed is the Man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 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; It’s leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
Trust: It’s a word that can evoke many emotions, both positive and negative depending on our experiences, whether trust is
broken or we experience the blessing of having trustworthy people around us, trusting can give us either the sense of betrayal and insecurity or stability and confidence. In this scripture Jeremiah is reminding his readers that our first and greatest trust is best placed in God. There are so many things we can place our trust in like our Job, relationships and even our health, but as we go through life and begin to age, it becomes evident that what we trusted in yesterday is often gone tomorrow. Often while sitting at the bedside of the elderly and dying you’ll hear the heartfelt perplexity of just how short life is. Or counseling with the broken hearted and hearing how fragile love can be. How wonderful to be reminded by Jeremiah that at the centre of the universe there is a God who’s love never fails and who holds the beginning and the end of time in his hands, and with our trust placed here, we can face the worries and uncertainties of life with a hope that sustains us and a confidence that settles the heart with peace. “Blessed”… what a great word!
Pastor Stephen Wuerch