Scripture of the Week
Prov. 1:33- But whoso hearkeneth unto
me shall dwell safely, and shall
be quiet from fear of evil.
Psalm 4:8- I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only
makest me dwell in safety.
Deut. 33:12- And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall
dwell between his shoulders.
is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” Jer. 17:10 KJV
benefits are discovered for the one that trusts the Lord with all their heart
and does not lean upon their own understanding. Trusting in the Lord is simply
believing what God has said. It is having faith in the incarnate Word of God
and trusting all that the Lord has revealed to us in the written Word of God.
The man who trusts in the Lord is
simply believing Him in all things - believing His Word, trusting His promises,
and not allowing himself to be shaken by circumstance, sight, emotions, or
feelings. Blessed indeed, is the man that trusts in the Lord. Favored and
fortunate, is the one whose hope is resting in the God of our Salvation.
It was Jeremiah who wrote these
words. He was acutely aware of the sins of Judah and the unfaithfulness of the
people of Israel. He knew that man's heart is deceitful above all things, and
that fallen man can be swept into deep despondency when faith in the Lord fails
or falters. He was surrounded by a nation that had fallen into apostasy, and it
was in His distress that he sought the Lord for healing and deliverance.
At the start of his ministry,
Jeremiah had been warned that the people would not listen to his message, and
the guilt of the nation stands in stark contrast with the innocence of this
solitary prophet of God. It was as He lamented the unbelief of the people, and
became distressed by the destructive consequences of their sin, that he was led
to reignite his own faith by confessing the truth, "Blessed is the man who
trusts in the LORD. and whose hope is the LORD."
Trusting the Lord is simply
believing that the one and only Way God has provided for fallen man to be
saved, is through the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of the Lord
Jesus Christ. It is having faith in the unchangeable Truth that God has opened
up for us in the Scriptures, and has revealed to us through His only begotten
Son. It is accepting, as an unchangeable fact, that the Life which God imparted
to us through the Lord Jesus Christ, will save to the uttermost.
It pleases the very heart of God
when His children depend on Him utterly, believe in His Word, and trust in His
Son for Salvation, for without having faith in Who He is and what He had said,
it is impossible to please Him. Without faith we are ships without a rudder
that are tossed and adrift on the merciless sea of life, for the one who draws
near to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who
diligently seek Him.
Trusting in God and hoping in the
Lord is simply believing the reality of all that He has disclosed to us in His
Word. It is accepting as fact all that God has revealed to us in the Bible. It
is trusting all that has been revealed in Scripture about our great God and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is believing as fact that Christ
has gone to prepare a place for us and loves us with an everlasting love.
Christian hope is not a vain, fingers-crossed fantasy, and faith in God is not
founded on fiction, but on fact. It is seeing with the unclouded eye-of-faith,
all God promises as a certain reality, and accepting as actuality the truth of
Trusting in the Lord and hoping in
Him is being certain of the existence of things we cannot see. What glorious
joy is realized by the one that trusts implicitly in the Lord and places their
eternal hope in Him. Blessed is the man who embraces these two gifts of grace,
which abide forever - for faith and hope unlock our understanding of the
Father-heart of God's pure love for all His children.