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Lent Devotional VIII: Oasis of Trust

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.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8

Trust is incredibly difficult to earn. It’s equally difficult to give. Humans, by our fallen nature, have trust issues. In fact, it was these trust issues that led to our failure in the Garden of Eden. We often find ourselves in the deserts of life, starving, thirsty, and almost dead. Most often because we refuse to trust God.

If we understand Jeremiah correctly, then we need understand that life comes from being rooted in God. These roots are laid down through trust. The more we trust God, the more we’re nourished, and the desert we find ourselves begins to produce vegetation and unimaginable beauty. Suddenly an oasis has sprung up all around us. Trust in God doesn’t remove us from the desert; the difficult circumstance we find ourselves in. But trust in God gives us a rest from the weariness of our situation.