As the world enters deeper and deeper into a season of economic recession and our country Nigeria is laden with impending fear of drought due firstly to the effect of several years of corruption, economic mismanagement and bad leadership and more recently to the fall in the price of crude oil, which imprudently has become the mainstay of the Nigerian economy, it has become necessary to prepare our minds to face the coming challenge.
What would be the key to staying afloat in the coming flood? What would be the panacea for stemming the tide? Permit me to share with you one indispensable key to a life of victory in the times we are in. It is without doubt an indispensable key to unlocking God’s abundance in a season of drought. This key is to put your trust in God and my text as we meditate on this together is from Jeremiah 17:7 – 8.
It sounds too simple, isn’t it? This isn’t what you expected to hear. Well, it will shock you to know that only very few believers truly trust in God and that in itself is not strange. Jesus looked to our time and asked a vital question in Luke 18:8, “When the son of man comes, will he really find faith in the earth?” Incidentally, one man’s confession reveals the critical situation of many hearts today. He came to Jesus and pleaded, “I believe but help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). How come faith and doubt were residing in the same heart? The man’s saving grace was his humility in admitting the presence of doubt and unbelief and seeking divine help.
We live in times when there is so much of faith talk but less of faith walk. We profess confidence and trust in God but display inadvertently and unwittingly, the abysmal distrust and lack of faith that truly characterizes our hearts. Sometimes the true composition of our hearts is shielded from the discerning eyes of men, but can we truly escape God’s divine searchlight? God will always search our hearts for true, sincere and undiluted faith or trust in Him. God declared in Jeremiah 17:9 – 10 that, “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.” A man can be deceived by his own heart to believe that he has trust in God. However, upon examination, God may only find complaint, murmuring, desperation and the like expressed as trust BUT not trust.
When God finds a heart that trusts Him, there is no limit to what He can bestow. According to Prophet Jeremiah:
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord.
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
- Jeremiah 17:7 – 8
In several passages of scripture, we are encouraged to put our trust in God:
“They that put their trust in God are like mount zion that cannot be moved”
- Psalm 125:1
“Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust You
In the presence of the sons of men!”
- Psalm 31:19
To trust God goes beyond words.
- Our trust is revealed when we deliberately shun ungodly solutions to our perceived problems while we wait earnestly for his help.
- To trust God involves being patient in the face of delay.
- To trust God entails laughing and rejoicing in the face of challenges.
- Trusting God entails seeing God at work in every situation, whether seeming unfavourable and unpleasurable, and thanking God ahead sincerely for His glorious plan.
- Trust in God is displayed when we step out confidently upon the waters knowing that without God, we will surely sink.
Real “trust” like “faith” is dead without works which serve as a proof. Words alone are too weak and too cheap to express it.
Jeremiah’s description of the man who trusts in the Lord is very apt. He is like a tree planted by the river side whose root reaches the waters. Such a man most definitely:
- Will receive continuous supply of nutrients from the well watered river banks;
- Stay luscious and fresh all year round;
- Live free of fear, worry or anxiety; and
- Will bloom and blossom with fruits irrespective of the season.
God is a giver and is constantly in the mood to bless us. It is our hearts that determine our preparedness to receive from Him. What qualifies us to receive from God is the simple quality of trust not just in His ability to meet our needs but also in His willingness to do so.
One fact of life is that seasons of heat and drought will continue to be a recurring decimal from time to time as revealed in Jeremiah 17:8. The present times we live in is characterized by global meltdown, economic recession, credit crunch, rising inflationary trend, currency devaluation of developing countries. With these, all manner of negative publicity and rumours of impending drought pervade our news media targeting our hearts with a view to decimating every ounce of trust in God that is left in us. These events, however, are not strange. No student of the bible will be surprised at the turn of events.
In the same vein, the present times presents us with a veritable opportunity to showcase our trust in God and God will make a clear distinction between those who trust Him and those who don’t. God is eager to show himself faithful but only those who truly trust Him can become beneficiaries of His faithfulness. When we trust God, we can never run out of supplies of whatever it is we need to live life to the optimum because. King David enjoyed this benefit all His life and so was ably qualified to advise us rightly in Psalm 37:3. He said:
“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.”
I pray that in this season of economic turbulence, your case will be different. Your home will be Goshen as you feed on the faithfulness of God daily. Receive abundant supply in Jesus name. Amen.
Pst. Emeje Godwin Aruwa