Jeremiah 17:7-9 – “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. The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (NIV 1984)
My Musings – God is trustworthy. Like a tree planted by a stream that provides a constant (never-failing) source of water. The tree has no fear of the things it normally should fear (heat and drought), and that experience should have taught it to fear. Why? Because the stream (our “Living Water”) has never failed it, even in such difficult times.
So if God is trustworthy, why are we so often incapable of trusting Him? Not because of His failings, but because of our hearts. This text states that “the heart [by nature] is deceitful above all things and beyond cure [absent God’s intervention, of course].” Because it is in our nature to break trusts (deceive), we find it difficult to understand someone who by His very nature is incapable of deceit or of being untrustworthy. Because of our nature we are very suspicious, wondering when He is going to pull that proverbial chair out from under us (because often enough, that is what we would do).
And we tend to think, because He has not always answered us in ways we think He should or when we think He should, that these are instances of when He has broken trust and failed us. It is easier for us to believe He failed us (was untrustworthy), than to believe that He has something better, or that the timing is not right, or that it was actually us who failed Him. In so doing we are measuring Him by our standards, when His ways are higher than ours and His thoughts are higher than ours.
My Advice – “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known [trustworthy] God” ― Corrie ten Boom. For the true measure of trust is to continue trusting, even when circumstances appear to indicate that the trust has been violated. Don’t trust the circumstances. Trust the God who you know will never break trust.