“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, . . . For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,” Jeremiah 17:7, 8.
Trust implies that one feels vulnerable without the help of another. Children, of necessity, have to trust their parents. Employees must have confidence that their employer will come through with the paycheck. The boss must trust that the employees will produce a quality product or service. God has designed the world of humans with a herding instinct. If the ones we trust run off the cliff, many follow to their doom.
In this passage of Scripture, Jeremiah contrasts those who trust in men with those who trust in God for protection and provision. Trusting in God, one draws on the resources of the One who created the universe. He would never put a bug in our burger. Trusting in men is trusting in dust falling through the hourglass. When the storms of life come, the one trusting God is firmly planted where his soul is nourished. When the storms pass, like the tree, he may be bloody and scratched up but his leaf is still green. A hothouse tomato plant must be nourished in the shade and slowly toughened in the hot sun a little more each day for the business of bearing fruit. A few storms might twist it around, but it only gets tougher and grows more roots. It will bear more flavorful fruit and bear longer than one that is not cared for by a compassionate gardener.
It is a law of nature—those who trust in God for nourishment come through stronger and wiser in the end (Phil. 4:11-13).