But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7
The verse from today actually comes from one of my favorite passages, Jeremiah 17.
I was at a women’s conference several years ago and we were painting a card. We were supposed to be led by the Spirit to paint whatever crossed our minds (prophetic art is what they called it). The facilitator offered some suggestions and some thoughts, but the main point was to not overthink what colors we used or the direction of our brush, but just to do it.
I have a difficult time “letting go”, because I want art to be pretty and perfect look clean and professional. (I’m terrible at the paint and sip events and don’t even get me started on paint-your-own-pottery or make you own door hangers) But I was able to let go this one time and just paint what I felt led to paint, instead of worrying about if it was instagram-worthy or pretty enough to share. (Yes I know it does look like a child’s art piece, and I’m a child of God so that works, haha!)
I actually posted this picture with this caption four years ago, it read:
To you this means nothing, but to me this symbolizes where I was, where I am and His promise of where He will take me!
After I painted that picture, the next break out session I attended was about Jeremiah 17, I had gotten the message loud and clear, we are to bear fruit in every season (if we are abiding in Him)
This is where our #HolyConfidence comes in.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
In verses 5 and 6, it is talking about those who draw strength from their flesh compared to those that put their confidence in the Lord:
are trees planted by water (living water)
do not fear when “heat” comes
never fail to bear fruit.
The word used for confidence in this verse is, “mibtach” which closely related to trust and security.
When we put our trust in the Lord we also put our confidence in Him.
Think about when you put confidence in others, what exactly does that mean?
You believe that they will do what they say.
You believe they will keep their word.
To be confident in someone is to inspire faith in them. Sometimes we even show confidence in someone to show them they can be confident in themselves.
When I taught swimming I did this all the time with my little swimmers. Whether I was trying to get them to jump in by themselves, or swim without assistance, I also said something like,
“I know you can do it.”
“You are ready for this.”
“You will be so proud of yourself once you do this.”
The funny thing is, these statements that inspire confidence in 4 and 5 year olds, also can be encouraging to us as adults.
Putting our confidence and trust in the Lord allows Him to guide us and lead us, especially as we remain connected to him.
The more we learn about God, the more we really learn about ourselves.
At least that has been the case in my own life, this self- awareness and self-discovery is only possible through the Holy Spirit. We know what we need and when we need it we know where to find it.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
This idea that our roots go so deep into God’s truth but also can easily extend out to others is what it means to bear fruit.
Interestingly enough we usually think of fruit as outward behaviors, something we can observe and notice in another person, but the fruit we bear can also be the thoughts and motives we are have.
When we accept Christ into our hearts and allow him to transform us from the inside out, we see evidence of this change in both the small hiccups and large storms of life.
The tree does not fear when heat comes. It’s leaves are always green.
We will have trouble and suffering in this world, we’ve been promised that, but we also have a joy and hope that is out of this world. Our leaves are always green because with Jesus we withstand the heat.
We have a confidence in Christ that is unmatched by anything of this world.
So if you find yourselves parched and dry in this hot and sticky summer, I encourage you to plant yourselves next to to the living water, the one that supplies your every need, the water that will keep your leaves green (no matter how hot it is) and the one in which you will bear much fruit (both outwardly and inwardly).