Read: Jeremiah 17:7-18
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.
If you are reading this it is likely you desire some sort of ongoing relationship with the Lord, something more than an emergency fund to run to in times of need. Hopefully, you desire a relationship that is deep and challenging, real and growing. But no matter how you would describe your relationship with Jesus, we all have one thing in common, our hearts are prone to wander. Many of us find that our spiritual life has to be a real and present part of our day or suddenly we look up and we are nearly through the day and we have had little or no interaction with Jesus. It is just so easy to not go to Him. When we don’t go to Him you can be sure we are going to something or someone else to feed our need.
“Blessed is the person who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord.” This, my friend, is an ongoing daily journey with the King of the universe. Without daily interaction there is no extending of our roots, which quickly leaves us with very little living water to drink from. When there is no water our lives soon become dry and parched wastelands. Why is it that we get caught up in things that really have such little value in the vastness of life, stuff that won’t make us happy, relationships that we think will fill the gap but never do, the stuff that distracts us from what really matters this side of heaven. God has blessed us so much, but our memories are extremely short. We forget so quickly how good He has been to us. Jeremiah tells us in verses 5-6 what that life soon looks like.
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.”
When our memories are short and we walk away from His life, we find ourselves cursed. No, not witchcraft or some devilish trap, but cursed nonetheless. The word paints a vivid picture of what takes place when we wander. Cursed in Hebrew is the word arar, which means to bind or to use a noose. That is the long slow death we face without trust in Jesus, we just choke ourselves off. It is the same word, the same action or verb used in Genesis chapter 2 where we find the story of the garden, the snake and the temptation. The word for what was released through sin is arar or death.
The problem with all of this is that it happens so slowly many of us believe it isn’t really happening. When we trust in the Lord it is no different. We often can’t see the fruit of our trust for an extended period of time so it is easy to begin to doubt Him and His promises. Friends, it may take five years for you to be able to look back and clearly see His hand extending your roots and pouring His life into yours. He always keeps His word. You will reap what you sow in due time.
If you are trusting Him, you will flourish with His life. It probably won’t happen the first five minutes, but it will come. Likewise, if you are trusting in the flesh it is likely you will not starve to death the first day. In fact you may seem fine away from your King for weeks at a time, but in the end you will find yourself eating sand and hungering for living water.
Father, I hunger for your blessing in my journey. When my memory grows short please move me to remember, to chase after you and the blessing that comes from trusting in you.