Jeremiah 17:7 says:
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.”
In a quick review, in order to be deeply rooted, on needs to:
- be teachable,
- not have the habits of sinners,
- make sure you get your counsel from godly people
- make time for God
- consider His approach throughout your day
Today we add:
- Put your Hope in Him
- Put your Trust in Him
- Walk in Confidence
We looked at the physical and the mental. Today we look at the emotional. Where do you get your emotional strength? Where do you take your stand?
When Israel had enemies facing them down, they had to make a decision. Who would they trust in? Would they trust in God, or would they run to Egypt and ask for help from the ones who had all the horses and chariots? The outcome of this decision showed whom they really trusted. They ‘put their trust’ in the source that they thought would save them. (See 2 Kings 18 for more of this exciting story)
“hope”, “trust”, and “confidence” are often found together.
First, you discipline your emotions and direct them to God and not any place else, placing your hope in Him.
Then, you make the decision to put your trust in Him, cutting off other options – this usually means that you choose to stop trying to do things on your own, but you trust God for His answers to your situation.
Last, you walk in confidence. This is an act of faith most of the time. Think about Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego. They said to the king – we won’t bow down, God can save us, but even if He doesn’t we will still worship Him only. They put their Hope in God, they Trusted Him, and then they walked in the Confidence of that decision.