Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 8th, 2016
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)
The Blessing of Trusting in the Lord
Do you want your life to flourish and grow? Do you want your soul to be strengthened and encouraged? Trust the Lord! Rely upon him!
A poll released earlier this year says that Canadians trust the news media almost as much as they trust non-profit organizations — and a lot more than they trust corporations, big and small. Respondents were asked by Environics Communications who they trusted most to “do what is right for Canada, Canadians and our society,” and non-profit organizations ranked at the top, with 59 per cent support. News media outlets were close behind, with 54 per cent saying they could trust the messenger. Small and medium-sized corporations were trusted by 44 per cent of those who answered the survey, while large corporations were able to win over only 29 per cent of respondents’ trust. The numbers come from what Environics calls its “CanTrust Index.” The responses show that trust is still something you have to earn in this country — whether you’re a politician, a business or a journalist — and that people tend to place their confidence in what’s familiar to them, or close to their own lives.
There is a joy that is not based on the circumstances of life. Everyone has experienced the joy that happiness brings when everything seems to be going right. But joy that springs up from within when times are not easy is at the heart of the Christian message. That joy is a gift from the Creator God who has revealed Himself through Jesus Christ. The prophet Jeremiah, centuries before Jesus set foot on earth, explained it this way in Jeremiah 17:7: “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” When we commit ourselves to trusting God and walking with Him in faith, we experience the joy of knowing He will lead us and provide for us. This is the foundation of joy. No longer do we have to carry the burdens of life alone. No longer do we have to be worried about having enough provisions for the day, or wondering what tomorrow will bring. A life of trusting Jesus guarantees us that He walks with us through each day and so we confidently face whatever comes our way. I don’t know what you will face today. It may be something challenging. But I do know that if you will trust in Jesus today and put your confidence in Him, no matter what comes your way, His joy will sustain you.
These have been words from the heart.