The key to the blessed life is to trust in God. Don’t trust in man, in money, in things, or in a career.
Just trust in God.
There are a few places in Scripture where God teaches His people how to be firmly grounded and prosperous. Jeremiah 17:7-8 is one of those places.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Most people find themselves inadvertently putting their trust in something or someone other than God. People trust their spouse, their children, their bank card, their boss, their friends, and their pet. And struggle when it comes to trusting in God.
Why is it difficult to trust in God?
The simple answer is faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. In essence, trust in God requires faith… and having faith means that you are trusting in what you CANNOT see.
You see your spouse, so you trust him or her. You see your bank statement, so you trust it. You see your boss, so you trust them.
We need to see God… and the way to see the Father is through the son. John Piper speaks of our advantage over the Old Testament prophets who longed to see the Divine life and glory of God incarnate, but did not. We have the vision of Yeshua through the New Testament – we can clearly see His Divine Glory, Life, and Redemptive Work.
Focusing our eyes on Yeshua is how to produce faith – and it’s through that faith that we begin to trust God. If you are finding it difficult to trust God, then it’s time to look at Yeshua – look at His life, His ministry, His work, His death and resurrection, for faiths’ sake.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:17