“Blessed is the One Who Trusts in the Lord” by Rev. Dr. Nearline Anderson

Jeremiah 17:7-8

How important is trust? A seminary respondent from a discussion board stated…

 “According to BlueLetterBible.com, the word “trust” occurs 134 times in the Old Testament in the KJV. However, there are variations of trust such as “trusting” which are not accounted in this search…. Trusted – appears 29 times. Trustedst – appears 3 times.”

This is just from the Old Testament. But does it really matter the number of times or the number of variants? The question is about importance. Let’s think about this five-letter word.

These days it seems to be a word that is genuinely demonstrated far too little. In fact, the problem of such little trust penetrates every facet of our lives from home to work, from the church house to street ministry. It seems that everywhere we go the demonstration of this five-letter word is beginning to fade more and more.

Mind you, for as long as man has existed there has been a struggle between man’s spirit and the Holy Spirit to live out Salvation the way God intended. Unfortunately, that struggle still exists. But let’s take a minute to think about that. Where would we be without the struggle? Without the struggle we would not have grown, nor become wiser. Without the struggle we would have little reason to work at changing for the better. Without the struggle we would not have grown to appreciate the grace of Gods’ love and care for us. Without the struggle we may not really understand in the first place what that five-letter word means. Sometimes the struggle is necessary just to get to the real meaning of this small but important word.

The thing about trust is, you must know who to trust. Ahhhh, that is the key. For whom or what will you put your trust in today? Man? Your car? Money perhaps? Maybe even your political party? Put your trust in the “I AM” and God will let you know who you can depend on for help as we walk along this treacherous journey in this temporary land.

 As we trust in the Lord our paths will be straight (Prov. 3:5-6). As we continually delight ourselves in him He gives us the desires of our heart! And as we commit our ways to the Lord, He acts on our behalf (Psalm 37:4-5). Even when we wait on the Lord in anticipation for a breakthrough He helps and shields us (Psalm 33:20). Did you know that the Lord will keep your mind in perfect peace if you keep Him at the forefront of all your dealings (Isaiah 26:3)? No doubt that God is trustworthy! And the Lord is the helper who comes through again and again if we TRUST Him!

If we accept Jesus as our Savior and believe in His name we receive the right to be children of God (John 1:12). It is a free gift! As we continue to make the case of “trust” and whom we shall trust, we learn that the free gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). Jesus is the One who we can trust for all times, with all things unto eternity as His promise is granted to all in John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” For me, the case made by Jeremiah about trust sums it all up from chapter 17:7-8, “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 [a]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.

That being said, don’t you want to be helped by the one with ALL the answers, or firmly planted like a tree by the waters? Don’t you want to live in this unstable world knowing that you are firmly grounded so when the heat comes you will still produce? You don’t have to be worried when you put your TRUST in the ONE who has your best interest at heart! Let that marinate just for a minute. Talk to God and let Him know what you think about Jeremiah’s offer.

Peace!

Dr. Nearline Anderson, Regional Elder GRRCC
Indianola Christian Church (DOC)

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