Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hope and Confidence in the Lord

"But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by the long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit." (Jeremiah 16:7-8)

The human heart cannot thrive without something to hope for and someone in whom we can place our confidence. God alone is able to perfectly fulfill both needs. Placing our hope and confidence in Him will help our spiritual lives to flourish.

Placing our hope and confidence in anything but God is like expecting a tree to flourish in a barren desert. Our thirst continues because people are unable to satisfy our deepest needs. But placing our hope in the Lord changes everything, for Jesus said: "The water I give them, takes away the thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life."John 4:14

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