Â Jeremiah 17:5-8
â€œBlessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORDâ€ (Jeremiah 17:7 ESV).
David says in Psalm 23:1, â€œThe LORD is my Shepherdâ€â€”not was, or may be, or will beâ€”He is my Shepherd. â€œGod is the strength of my heart and my portionâ€ both now and â€œforeverâ€ (Psalm 73:26).
I looked in the dictionary for further meaning of the verb â€œISâ€ (BE):
1) to exist â€“ â€œWithout faith it is impossible to please Godâ€ We â€œmust believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Himâ€ (Hebrews 11:6).Â
2) to take place; occur;
3) to occupy a place or position;
4) to continue or remain as before – AM (present singular): â€œI AM who I AMâ€ (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): â€œFor in Him we live and move and have our beingâ€ (Acts 17:28). Our being is His be-ing in usâ€”by faith in all that He is.
We donâ€™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 beingâ€”past, present and futureâ€”and much more than we can imagine. He IS and He is â€œthe same yesterday, today, and foreverâ€ (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 Godâ€™s promises and gathers in the spiritual treasures that are found in Christ. Faith sees the sunshine of Godâ€™s face, even when there are dark clouds all around. â€“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).
â€œThe 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 songâ€ (Psalm 28:7).
Our trust is in whom? The Lord Himself! Heâ€™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 â€œwho is, and who was, and who is to comeâ€ (Revelation 1:4).
â€œBlessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORDâ€ (Jeremiah 17:7 ESV)–â€œwhose confidence is in Himâ€ (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. â€“Henry W. Baker