Jeremiah 17:5-8

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7 ESV).

David says in Psalm 23:1, “The LORD is my Shepherd”—not was, or may be, or will be—He is my Shepherd. “God is the strength of my heart and my portion” both now and “forever” (Psalm 73:26).

I looked in the dictionary for further meaning of the verb “IS” (BE):

1) to exist – “Without faith it is impossible to please God” We “must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). 

2) to take place; occur;

3) to occupy a place or position;

4) to continue or remain as before – AM (present singular): “I AM who I AM” (Exodus 3:14). He IS and remains who He IS, so that we have confidence in His presence. When He is our hope, our trust, we have His comfort, power, and strength (Romans 15:13).

Be-ing (present participle): “For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Our being is His be-ing in us—by faith in all that He is.

We don’t need to look ahead and wonder about tomorrow; it is not fate or chance. No way! He IS with us today and He will be with us tomorrow, and forever, so we can confidently say: He IS with us tomorrow. Whatever our faith says He is, He is being—past, present and future—and much more than we can imagine. He IS and He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Your faith in God today is your lifeline to His heartbeat. Faith is the hand that reaches up and take hold of God’s promises and gathers in the spiritual treasures that are found in Christ. Faith sees the sunshine of God’s face, even when there are dark clouds all around. –Roy Lessin.

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see . . . So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to God must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him (Hebrews 11:1, 6).

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song” (Psalm 28:7).

Our trust is in whom? The Lord Himself! He’s the object of our trust. Oh, dear believer, do you see this? This kind of faith can change our lives! It can renew our minds as we rest fully in the blessed hope we have in Christ alone “who is, and who was, and who is to come” (Revelation 1:4).

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7 ESV)–“whose confidence is in Him” (NIV).

The King of love my Shepherd is, Whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am His And He is mine forever.

And so thru all the length of days Thy goodness faileth never;

Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise Within Thy house forever. –Henry W. Baker

3 thoughts on ““IS””

  1. How great to again begin the day with devotions and you, Ruby. My faith and trust IS in Him! I enjoy the poem you wrote at the end and remember the tune for it as a great hymn.

    1. Hi, Esther, it’s good to have you on board! I just knew my musically gifted friend would recognize this hymn. I cannot claim any credit for it though as I typed it right out of a hymnal, verses one and five. Perhaps you have it in your collection: The HYMNAL for Worship and Celebration, page 468. The title is the first words of the hymn: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.”
      It’s a beautiful song of praise!

  2. Thank you for this reassuring devotion, Ruby. It’s good to know that God is taking care of us in the present and the future—and has also taken good care of us in the past. I love the hymn you quoted at the end. It’s been so long since I have heard it, that it took me several minutes to remember the melody. I love its message.

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