‘This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their heart away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a river bank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit. The human heart is the most deceitful of all things and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve. Like a partridge that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. At midlife they will lose their riches; in the end, they will become poor old fools.’ (Jeremiah 17:5-11 New Living Translation)
Get quiet in your heart and hear these words. Whether you’re a business man, worker or preacher, this is what the Word of God is saying to you about the struggles you’ve been facing in your vocation. He is saying: ‘Trust me ……………………………………. (put your name in the space), I know the way.’
Trust is a very important issue in the day-to-day conduct of our relationships, whether it is with our spouses, business partners, friends or associates. Yet, one can very often hear some man or woman in daily conversation say how they trust no one; not even themselves. Or a jilted woman say, ‘All men are the same…they cannot be trusted.’ And so on…
While I might agree in part because of the bad experiences some have had with people they trusted, most people tend to get into a rut when it comes to trusting, and carry it into their relationship with our Heavenly Father. And since the lifeblood of every relationship is trust, many people fail to realize how dysfunctional the relationships they carry on are, even with God.
The Jeremiah Principle is so titled because it is the one principle for success in life central to the ministry of Jeremiah the prophet; the principle of trusting God.
Like most people, God counts it a privilege when we trust Him completely, so much so that He devoted the entire call of the prophet to wooing the children of Israel to trust Him—which they failed to do, and for which they suffered the consequences.
Prophetically, the book of Jeremiah still woos us today to trust Jehovah. There are inherent blessings in putting one’s trust in God as we find in Jeremiah 17:5-10 and consequences too, for not doing so. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some thoughts from the Bible on this subject.
God always seeks to fix our sometimes defective relationship with Him because therein lie all the resources we require to win in life. So He says to you again:
‘Trust me, I know the way!’