Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,And whose trust is the Lord.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 New American Standard Bible
7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose trust is the Lord.
8 For he will be like a tree planted by the water
That extends its roots by a stream,
And does not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought,
Nor cease to yield fruit.
True blessing is found in trusting the Lord. To trust the Lord means we have let go of control. Often we desire to praise God and be blessed by God, but when it comes to surrendering our lives, this is where we struggle. We desire to still be Lord and Master, but as long as we are in control, we will indeed suffer. True blessing comes when we have fully surrendered all things to Christ.
Often the thought of truly surrendering can be terrifying for many. Many live their lives with an iron grip on all decisions and choices. But every time we are in control, we get in the way of God and what He desires to do. Often when God asks us to do something or move in a certain direction, to our rational human mind it doesn't make sense. Because it doesn't make sense, we fit against giving control over to God.
Those who trust in the Lord will have their roots planted by the water and they will extend its roots by the stream. This is a picture of our lives with Christ. When we trust Jesus with our lives, our lives become rooted and grounded in Christ. He is the vine and we are the branches. He is where life is truly found.
We will not fear when heat comes because our leaves will still be green. We will not fear when drought comes because we will still produce fruit. In both of these circumstances the production of green leaves in heat or fruit being produced in a time of doubt doesn't make any sense. But this is the reality of being rooted and grounded in Christ.
No matter what we face, if we are willing to trust Him and let go of control of our lives, we will see His blessing, His protection, and His provision poured out on our lives. We will overcome and will continue to always have what we need because He will always be with us. We must remember that with Jesus no matter what we face or what we go through, He is always with us. This truth alone should give us peace in times of great uncertainty. Many things today don't make a whole lot of sense, but the one thing that is always true and unchanging is Jesus.