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Jeremiah 17:7-8 (TNIV)

7 But blessed are those who trust in the LORD, 
   whose confidence is in him. 
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water 
   that sends out its roots by the stream. 
It does not fear when heat comes; 
   its leaves are always green. 
It has no worries in a year of drought 
   and never fails to bear fruit.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we trusted the Lord even more in 2012?

It’s easy to remember our failures and shortcomings, a little too easy if you ask me, especially when doing any kind of life evaluation. So, let’s spend some time remembering our steps in the right direction, our triumphs in faith. Ask yourself, how did I trust God in 2011? Perhaps, finishing a few of these sentences may help to jog your memory about how you responded to people and situations in a way that pleased God:

  • I prayed and relied on God’s grace to…
  • I was so disappointed [in], [about], but…
  • I was unsure of what God’s will was…
  • I almost…, but…
  • Even though I was afraid, I took a risk and…
  • I was tired and felt unappreciated, so…
  • I didn’t have it to give, but…
  • I declared…
  • I refused to [go], [be a part of]…
  • I chose [to forgive]…
  • I didn’t give up on…

Jeremiah 17:7-8 is a very uplifting, refreshing passage because of words like roots by the stream, green, fruit, no worries, never fails, blessed, etc. It reminds me of Psalm 23 and the comfort it expresses in being taken care of by the Good Shepherd who is trustworthy, who keeps promises. 

And the promises in these two verses are that if we trust God and put our confidence in Him, He will cause us to flourish when others may wither under the same conditions. He promises that we will be firmly established wherever he has placed us – and it doesn’t matter where because it will be like living by a stream: well watered, secure, refreshing. We have nothing to fear, or worry about – not even a recession. We will bear fruit, those of us who choose to trust like we did last year, those of us who choose to trust even more this year. 

For 2012, let us trust GodLet us trust His heart towards us, that it is good and merciful. Let us trust His providence, grace, faithfulness and power. Let us not look to people or organizations we think are powerful and of great influence to get promotion, recognition, favour, or any other blessing. Let us put our confidence in the only One who can fully satisfy us and give true peace and contentment.

For our marriages, families, ministries, careers…for God, let us endeavor to trust even more. He’s faithful.

Happy New Year!

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