Who can we trust? Who do we know that will help us to navigate through the difficult twists and turns of our lives? Many of us trust in family members, friends and people that we admire. While often that trust is well placed, sometimes we are let down. Even those who are close to us can betray our trust, with emotionally devastating consequences.
In today’s first reading from Jeremiah, we learn that our desire must be to trust in the Lord above all others.
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
The Lord never lets us down. He is faithful. His word inspires us and leads us in discernment. His grace flows to us when we are in prayer. Troubles will inevitably come, but the Lord will never abandon us. Like the tree planted beside the waters, we can always draw from is grace.
Trust in the Lord!