Circumstantial

    But blessed is the one who trusts in Me alone;
        the Eternal will be his confidence.
    He is like a tree planted by water,
        sending out its roots beside the stream.
    It does not fear the heat or even drought.
        Its leaves stay green and its fruit is dependable, no matter what it faces..

Jeremiah 17:7-8

What a promise amid the woe and ruin of Jeremiah’s prophecies that those who trust in God will endure and thrive no matter what comes.

This weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving and hopefully took some time to consider all we have to be grateful for. One thing we ought always to give thanks for is God’s grace and mercy. When we trust in God; when our confidence comes from Him and His promises then we can have peace, we can be calm, we can be fruitful.

Trust in God takes practice like anything worth having. The awesome news is that God is our partner in this. He doesn’t stand on the sidelines watching until we get it right He runs alongside us shouting encouragement and picking us up when we fail. Best of all He actually does the work of changing us to be able to trust Him and rely on Him through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.

That same Spirit that let Jesus sleep in the boat while the storm on the lake raged around Him can enable us to stay calm when storms of life rage around us.

We all know people who are tossed around by situations, their mood, emotions, attitude depend entirely on what is happening to them. Maybe we are those people. But God has a better way for us, a way that will make us steady and certain in bad times, calm and sure in good because of what is within us: because of what God has done for us.

In the very next verse Jeremiah sums up the problem with people:

    The heart is most devious and incurably sick.
        Who can understand it?

Jeremiah 17:9

God knows and understands the human heart, intimately, perfectly. He knows why we do things even when we don’t, even when we have no control and He wants to give us a new heart. A heart that loves Him, trusts Him and obeys Him because when we do those things we have joy and peace, hope and love.

I’m thankful that a perfect God has made it possible for me to have and live a life that pleases Him, a life that is good for me and good for those around me. I’m thankful that the fruits of my new life are not dependent on the good or bad circumstances in which I find myself but on Him and He is good.

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