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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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.