Blessed are those who trust in the LORD
and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.
(Jeremiah 17:7-8 New Living Translation)
It would seem that trusting in God is not so difficult. It would seem logical to make God our hope and confidence. In this kind of world, placing our hope and confidence in God may be the only way to survive.
If we can do that, the Bible says, we will be like trees planted by streams of water, with deep roots reaching deep into the water. Our leaves will stay green. Dry seasons will not harm us, and we will continuously produce fruit.
The reality is, though, that trusting God really is difficult. It feels much easier to trust in our own ability to care for ourselves. It is human nature to want to control our own destiny, placing our trust in our own ability to thrive. As many stubborn toddlers often say, “I can do it by myself!”
“I can do it by myself,” has gotten me into many uncomfortably tight spots, and I have found myself perilously on my own. I can personally attest to the fact that trusting in God is far better for the soul.
Because of my kidney disease, I have no choice but to trust in God to bless my health. But there is much more in life that I think I can control all by myself. So my prayer is that I will make God my hope and confidence, that I will trust God with every part of my life, that I will put down roots deeply into the water, and that I will survive life’s droughts.
Meet me by the waters of the river. That’s where I’ll be.