Life is full of changes. One of the most popular passages in Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) refers to how there is a season for everything in our lives! In the midst of all of this change, how can we ever find constancy, rest, and security?
…through trusting in the Lord!
Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
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 the heat comes, for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Isn’t this passage of scripture great? The image of the tree planted by the stream was so powerful to me, just as the description of the shrub in the desert was so humbling, as well. All too often, I rely on man and on my own flesh. Just like the shrub in the desert, I have felt the withering effects of finding sustenance in the temporal, rather than the eternal.
But when we place our trust completely in the Lord, we are connected to the Living Water! Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” and Hebrews 2:8 says that everything has been placed in subjection under his feet. No matter what, Jesus is the Lord, and He is the King over all of creation. Nothing is outside of His control, so rest in the blessed assurance that “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Do you feel as though you are going through the uninhabited, salt land? Then check your heart! Are you trusting in men and yourself or are you trusting in the Lord? Only when you trust in Him and your trust IS Him, will you be connected to the Life-source that can and will sustain you through even the roughest and driest seasons of life.
Praying your day is filled with SONshine,