Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.
Another one of God’s “Blessed is…” Scriptures. I love to read these promises. They’re direct and to the point. Here we find that we are blessed when we trust in the Lord and place our hope in Him. There are times when we’re asked to place our trust in something or someone. I declare that I desire to place my trust in the only One who will never fail. I have failed myself and others have failed me. I’ve sometimes thought that I had all the options figured out and even had things I could do as a “Plan B” if things went differently than I thought. Only to find out that “Plan B” didn’t help either. And when I went to someone else for advice, I found that sometimes the advice made it even worse or it would cause me to compromise something. And when you begin to compromise what’s right or wrong, it’s too late. Trouble has already moved in.
So again, I love this verse. Poet Edgar P. Stites wrote the following which was later made into a hymn by Ira Sankey:
Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.
I really believe what is written here. Scripture emphasizes the importance of putting one’s trust in the Lord. When believers do this, they find themselves living a life according to God’s purposes. I would absolutely desire to daily live a life according to God’s own purpose and not my own. I’m not successful sometimes with that, but I certainly desire to do God’s will. When we walk in tune with God’s purpose, we find that we are at rest. What I mean is, the peace of God overshadows anything we may be facing.
So you ask, “Does that mean we won’t face any difficulties if we remain in the center of God’s will?” Well, no, that’s not what I mean. We will still face difficulties and hardship and struggles, but getting through them will build our faith and our hope in Christ. You see, when we remain in God’s will, He walks with us, hand-in-hand. Spiritual rest can only be found in God alone. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)
Jesus has the authority to invite people to Himself. He extends this invitation to the weary and burdened. When you have walked the crooked mile and find yourself weary, Jesus is right there with you. Trusting in the Lord is a proclamation of your faith, your hope, and your love for the Son of God who loved you enough to die for you.
Friend, my trust, my faith, and my hope is with the One who promises never to leave me nor forsake me. My trust remains in the Lord. Do I need to be reminded of this? Yes, I do. We all do. And that’s why we need to remain in the study of God’s Word and in prayer. The closer we can get to God in an intimate relationship with Him, the more we will trust in the God who never fails. Look at what Jeremiah says in the next verse, “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:8 NLKV)
Dear Lord, thank You that Your promises are Yes and Amen. I desire to place my trust and my hope in You. Lord, forgive me when I think that I have everything all figured out. Teach me and guide me Lord to remain in the center of Your will. Draw me back to the narrow path that You have laid before me. I call upon Your name, Lord Jesus. I desire to live a life according to Your purpose. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!