Daily D – Jeremiah 17:7-8
Jeremiah 17:7, 8
“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.” (NIV)
But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. (MSG)
The life God blesses is the person with confident trust in him no matter the circumstances.
Self-confidence is good and helpful. It grows through knowledge and practice. It provides a base to build on for achieving increasing measures of success.
God-confidence develops similarly. Trust God in what you know about him, his will, and his ways. Developing this habitual mindset builds the kind of life of assurance the worst drought cannot dry out and the worst flood cannot drown.
God-confidence is built a moment at a time, day after day, over the course of a lifetime.
God-confident people live largely untroubled by fear and worry. They are able to wait for God’s timing without distress or concern. They know from abundant personal experience how God provides wherever he guides.
Today is a good day to build God-confidence. Memorize and meditate on Proverbs 3:5, 6. Read these verses in the New Living Translation. The Message says it this way:
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
What necessitates God-confidence in the day before you? Turn these verses into prayers as often as necessary. Feel your strength grow with every repetition.
I will exercise God-confidence and grow stronger, deeper, and healthier.
Our Father, when I am afraid, when I am ill-equipped, when I am at my wit’s end, I will trust in you. You are my bottom line. You are my rock bottom. You are my all in all. You see what I cannot perceive. You understand what confuses me. You are more ready to help me than I am to trust you. Give me your clear direction in every moment. Place your thoughts in my mind and your words in my mouth. Keep me on the right track headed toward the right destination at the right speed. Amen.
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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”