I'm excited you're here as I begin a new series exploring the idea of "Trusting" God and what it can look like.
"Blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.- Jeremiah 17: 7-8"
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Trust can seem like a sword when you find your spouse cheated or your best friend lied. But trust in God is life giving.
The Hebrew word "batach" translated "trust" in Jeremiah 17:7 can also be translated "to confide in, to set one's hope, confidence upon.(See Blue Letter Bible here)."
Jesus exemplified trust as he faced then suffered on the cross. He had to trust His death was not the end. Resurrection was.
Jesus's trust and obedience bore fruit in the lives of others: his disciples, others and myself.
I saw the benefits of trusting God in people who placed their confidence in God through trials (loss, chronic pain and illness, suffering etc.). I'm privileged to know some of these saints in real life and some of them via blogging.
What are the benefits of trusting God according to Jeremiah 17:7-8?
Connected to source of life: Jesus is the Living Water (John 4:10).
Rooted: stable, which allows the next three benefits:
Doesn't fear heat, i.e., hardship;
Isn't anxious about drought - harsh living conditions;
Continues to be fruitful despite hardship. I have seen the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) in these saint's lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.
Trusting God doesn't mean we avoid heat and drought. It does mean we can supernaturally produce the fruit of the Spirit when we're connected to God's Spirit.
It seems too incredible, but I recently saw this lived out in a friend who received devastating news.
Trust begins with our connection to Jesus, the Living Water, our soul craves.
If you're like me and feel like a young sapling when it comes to trusting God, don't despair.
It takes time and nourishment for a tree to grow and develop deep roots.
So we learn, over time, to sink our roots deep into God, His love and His promises.
We grow in our relationship with God. As our relationship with God grows, our faith grows.
We learn God is not distant but closer than our next breath.
Please be patient with yourself because God is patient. (Also telling myself this.)
God is love and love is patient.
Soul Stops Moment:
Want to memorize Jeremiah 17: 7-8 this week with me? (I have the verse posted on my refrigerator.)
What does trusting God look like for you today?
Which benefit resonated with you?
Thanks for reading and being part of the conversation.
I always appreciate your insights.
P.S. On Thursday, I will be writing more on "Trust" in a guest post for my friend Charity Singleton Craig's blog. Once the post goes live 9/4/14 at 6 am PST, I will include the link here.
Later, I'm leaning towards writing about obstacles to trusting God & maybe sharing some of my trust struggles. I don't have it all figured out. Trust me.
I'll be asking God for the words to write. And I'm trusting He will.
Oh, and somewhere in there, I want to introduce you to Scott Grant and host a giveaway of his book.
Linking with encouraging and gifted friends: Barbie of The Weekend Brew and Kelli of Unforced Rhythms. and Lisha of #GiveMeGrace.Also linking with super-encourager Holley Gerth