God got it.
“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 (New International Version)
You know how you can read the same scripture at different times in your life and get something different every time? That just happened to me when I ran across Jeremiah 17 this morning. Back in 2011 I was gearing up to take my first (of several) leaps into full-time entrepreneurship and God had given me this scripture to meditate on in the process. At the time, it was my promise that I would prosper no matter what, as long as I trusted in the Lord.
Today, it has new meaning for me because I’m standing in the midst of what feels like the “peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7). My savings are dwindling, bills are due soon that I’m not sure how or when will get paid, my birthday is coming up and I wanna stunt on the Gram 😂. I’ve actually been trying to figure out why I’m not freaking out right now. It doesn’t make sense but I have such a calmness about where I am that it’s almost scary.
Reading this scripture again 8 years later, I’m seeing new facets sticking out now that weren’t as evident for me back then but are now screaming loud and clear. Like “it does not fear when heat comes” and “it has no worries in a year of drought”. I didn’t really grasp the magnitude of those words until right now:
That peace hit different when you TRUST trust God.
All I can tell you is that it has to be supernatural because there’s no reason I should feel this relaxed. I’m learning, even as I write these words, that the blessing that is promised in this text is a very real and tangible thing. Not only will it give you unexplainable peace, which is a miracle in and of itself, but it will:
keep you healthy & looking good (“its leaves are always green”)
make you impenetrable to outside forces (“no worries in a year of drought”)
produce consistent prosperity in your life (“never fails to bear fruit”)
There is a reward for trusting God. And it will touch your mental, financial and physical health. I know that doing the thing that He’s nudging you to do right now is scary but take it from someone who is on the other side of a God-directed leap at this very moment: He’s going to take care of you.
I pray today that He helps make your faith in Him bigger than your faith in anything else so that you can experience the fullness of the life & plans He has for you. And I look forward to reporting back to you soon about how He’s done it again in my life; because He WILL do it. (won’t He? 😊)
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