Roots of Confidence

Mar 21, 2024 | Growing in God's Grace

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in Him.
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.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

Last night I discussed the above Bible Verses with someone dear.

As I did so, I remembered a time and a season when the meaning of this scripture became meaningful to me personally.

Are you familiar with this text?

The gist of the message is clearly that as we trust God our confidence grows. Not only that we have roots, we are green and we don’t worry but trust God to come through for us. On top of this description we also continue to do good works for God’s Kingdom, even as we age.

Wow, who doesn’t want that?

It is a picture of perpetual spring, total confidence, rock hard faith.

And if you want to know the opposite look at the Bible Verses above these in Jeremiah 17?

The verses of Jeremiah 17:5-6 describe a person who trusts in people to meet their needs.

There are many illustrations in scripture of such people. One is King Asa whom we read about in 1 Chronicles 16. He had been a good King making many reforms in the land of Judah. But he did not finish strong. In fact, he made a treaty with a King from Syria named Ben-Hadad.

The King of Israel (Baasha) came against King Asa, King of Judah. Instead of crying out to God for help which King Asa had done all along and had splendid success because of his God’s help, he now made a treaty with a King who could only offer ineffective help. King Asa lost the battle.

A seer came to tell King Asa that his trust in man did not please God.

Now here is a verse we should all hang onto something the seer told King Asa:

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support
to those whose heart is blameless toward him.”
1 Chronicles 16:9.

This Bible Verse is so amazingly personal. We need to keep our hearts blameless towards God and He promises to give us powerful support. Not mediocre, not weak, not flippant, but STRONG support. Do you need strong support? I sure do!

King Asa gets reprimanded for acting foolishly and relying upon another king instead of relying on God!

He will have wars from then on when Judah had been living in peace for many years under his reign.

Now here is when the story goes from bad to worse.

King Asa puts the seer in prison. He gets a disease in his feet and goes to physicians for help. He does not go to the Great Physician our great God for help.

And that is where his story ends.

So who are you putting confidence in today?

Is it your husband? Your best friend, parents, siblings?

Sure we need to trust those close to us but never ever, ever put them before God.

Our first response and go to must always be God.

In the end we will thrive, flourish, have God’s success and blessing, grow to be strong in God-confidence not self-confidence.

We will flourish in our tasks done first for our Lord.

What a picture.

Roots of confidence and a God who give powerful support.

I know who I’m calling on for help!

What about you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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