Monday, May 16, 2011

Confident Trust

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It doesn't 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}

Trust does not fret or falter- trust is rooted in faith. When we trust God in the dark soils of adversity that surround us, our faith germinates and takes root. It grows as it strains and reaches toward the Source of Life, storing up the life-sustaining nourishment provided. Faith is content with the ample nourishment available for times of growth as well as with the sufficient sustenance supplied for times of survival. 

Faith thrives, regardless of the season, because no matter how much it taps into the rich reserves of the Lord's goodness, faithfulness, and lovingkindness it never exhausts them. 

Complete trust in God leaves no room for fear because it fears God more than any other facet of life. This trust must be firmly rooted in the identity and sovereignty of God. When we develop a a deep inner root of confidence in the character of our God, we begin to fear external circumstances and the tough seasons of life less and less. As our trust in God is further developed and shaped over time, it accomplishes a quiet, steadfast confidence in us that cannot be disturbed by the changing of seasons. We will find ourselves being supported and sustained by this inner confidence from the inside out. 

Consider the proven character of Who you are trusting: your Creator, Savior, Father, Friend...

a God who created you with a specific and unique plan and purpose in mind... 
a God who loves you so much He died for you... 
a God who lovingly and compassionately guides you as a Good Shepherd...
a God who safely holds all of your secrets and who loves you nonetheless... 

Take time to tap into the Lord and develop that trust. When you know more about Who it is you're trusting, you'll find that trust comes much easier. Who you trust, without fail, in the One who never fails and you'll find yourself blessed by the fruit of your faith.

Do you trust God?
When do you find it easiest to trust Him? When do you find it more difficult to trust Him?
How has your trust (or lack of trust) in God shaped your faith over time?
In what (new) ways can you begin to express your trust and confidence in the character of God? 

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