Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV) says, “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.”
The definition of confidence is “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.” Having that feeling or belief that you can rely on our Lord, to have that firm trust, comes from knowing Him. The only way to KNOW HIM like anyone else it so to spend time with Him.
When cultivating a relationship, whether it is a romantic relationship or a friendship, you spend time with that person. You get to know that person by being with them, asking questions, talking about stuff. The more time you spend with someone, the more you know that person. Your trust or confidence in that person then comes from how he or she reacts to circumstances that arise while with that person. You should not just take that person’s word for whether they are trustworthy or not. You watch how he or she handle situations, whether they are trustworthy in their dealings with you and with others.
It is the same with the Lord. The more time you spend time with Him and in His Word, the more you become acquainted with Him and His character. As you cultivate your relationship with Him, you spend time with Him, talk to Him, and expect Him to communicate back to you. You start off by giving Him small situations to entrust to Him and watch Him be trustworthy. You let Him show you who He is and let Him build your confidence in Him.
How do we do that? But spending time reading His Word. Then by putting His Word into action. Take a scripture that stands out to you, and meditate on it all day. Maybe it is a scripture that gives you peace. Let that peace come over you as you think on it. Say it in your mind and say it our loud.
The Word is the only thing that is life-changing. Hebrews 4:14 says in the NLT, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two–edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
Let the Word teach you who our Lord is. Have confidence in Him that He will be there for you in whatever circumstances you find yourself in. Trust Him that He will see you through anything that comes your way. Spend time with Him and find Him trustworthy so that you may have the confidence in Him.
In the 8th verse in Jeremiah 17 above, it says, “They (the people who have confidence in the Lord) 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.”
The more you spend time with Him the more your roots are soaked with the nourishment they need to see you through a drought. There will be no fear that you will dry out or that you won’t bear fruit. You will have water to spare because you have been preparing and soaking your roots for the day of the drought. These are the people who seem to be able to walk through a fire because they have prepared their root system in advance. Soak up the Word of God so that you will be prepared for whatever fire comes your way, whatever drought or life-change may try to attack you. You will have confidence in your Lord because you have developed that relationship so that you can count on Him to see you through.