TRUSTING in GOD guarantees BLESSING and FRUITFULNESS
August 12 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 16-18
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit." (Jer. 17:7-8)
The people of Judah were totally entrenched in idolatry during the time of prophet Jeremiah. It was as if their sins were etched on their hearts with an “iron tool” (v. 1), and they had been turning to false gods and foreign alliances for protection from the enemy. Due to the unbridled sins of the people of Judah, God said He would hand over Jerusalem and its wealth as plunder to the invaders in due time.
In this context of the people of Judah failing to trust and depend on God for help, Jeremiah contrasts the cursedness of people who would depend on humans, on their own abilities and move away from God (vv. 5-6) with the blessedness of people who would trust in God alone and put their hope and confidence in God alone. While the former would be like “a shrub in the desert” occupying the parched places in the wilderness and the salt land where no one lives, the latter would be like a fruitful tree planted by the waters with roots spread into the river (vv. 7-8).
With the real life examples, Jeremiah breathed back the thoughts of Psalm 1 as he contrasted the way of the wicked with the way of the righteous. To trust in human brings a curse; but to trust in the Lord brings blessing. True blessing and fruitfulness is found in trusting and finding hope in God!
The term “blessed” is used often in the Psalms and Deuteronomy to describe the benefits that accrue to one who is devoted to the Lord and His Word. God repays trust because He is by nature trustworthy (Isaiah 7:9). The close similarity between verses 7-8 and Psalms 1:1–3 suggests that trust in God entails delighting in, meditating on and obeying the law of God. One who trusts in God will not be free from trials and adversity, but that God will bring fruit and blessing in and through those difficulties (Isaiah 14:1–9; 15:19–21; 44:4). Faith and trust in God makes us like a deeply rooted tree that survives the drought and is always fruitful.
How can we place our trust in God in our everyday living? This will happen when we delight ourselves in reading, meditating and comprehending the word of God everyday (Psalms 1:3). When we sincerely do that, our faith in God strengthens (see Romans 10:17) and we truly start believing that God can help us on all occasions and at all times. God will then give us all the desires of our heart (see Psalms 37:3-4), and He will eventually direct our path in our life journey (see Proverbs 3:5-6).
Today, let us be clear that trusting in God guarantees blessing and fruitfulness, and it is always better to trust in God than in humans and people in power and authority!