“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the name of the LORD, and whose hope the Lord is. 8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17.7-8
Jeremiah speaks simple but powerful truth here. He tells us: “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the name of the LORD … ” This is such a simple truth, but it is a powerful truth that tells you and me that blessing and trust are tightly linked together. If I want God’s blessing, then I must trust Him completely and unconditionally. Trust is not something that we do passively. We must exercise our trust in God on a daily basis – and sometimes even moment by moment. With all of the uncertainties of life, the only thing that allows us to deal with today is absolute trust. God is already in our tomorrow so we KNOW we can trust Him for tomorrow as well.
The remainder of this verse says: “whose hope the Lord is.” Is God YOUR hope or is your hope placed in what you alone can do, or what someone else can do for you? You soon discover that either of those options is inadequate.
Verse 8 expands on the truth of verse 7: “he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river … ” A tree that is planted by the waters is certain to have all of its need for water supplied. A “blessed man” is certain to have all his spiritual needs supplied because his trust is in the only One who has the capacity to meet those needs without fail. Failure to trust in the name of the Lord only leads us to a life of uncertainty and disappointment. Just TRUST Him – He knows what is best for us! Just my thoughts …