Trusting God - Am I a parched bush in the desert or thriving tree with living water?

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4

Who do I trust? And what difference does it make in my life? That’s the question Leroy Eims from the Navigators asks in his devotional called “Trusting God.” I love Leroy - he has a great way of communicating Biblical truth in a clear and concise style that is both powerful and easy to understand. He shares a bit of Bible trivia I didn’t know - Psalm 118:8 is in the middle of the Bible - and what a great verse to have there! It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

Better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man - I think this is a word our society needs to hear today, and Christians in particular. Take our political discourse as an example - lots of people claiming their side is “right,” lots of yelling and screaming about the “stupid” people on the other side of the fence, lots of misplaced trust in fallen human beings who are as capable of fixing the problems of sin as the ancient kings of Israel and Judah. Yes, there were godly kings from time to time, much like we have godly politicians from time to time, but ultimately what God warned Israel would happen when they originally asked for a king came to pass. One has to wonder what the future of our own country will bring…

This is not a call to disengage or ignore politics - just a reminder to stop and check our hearts. Where are our spiritual roots? If they’re connected to anything other than Christ, we’ll starve spiritually and turn into the “parched bush in the desert” that Eims talks about. On the other hand, when our roots go deep into Christ, we will flourish like a tree planted by streams of living water, able to thrive in spite of the many trials and tribulations this life is sure to bring (and likely already has).