Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

{Jeremiah 17:7 KJV}

If a person doesn’t pay attention to words and their placement in a sentence, meaning can be lost–OR–if a person is an “assuming” reader, the meaning can be made shallow or even change…

By assuming, I mean: we start reading a sentence and then rearrange the words at the end into a logical order or meaning. The meaning of the entire sentence hasn’t been changed very much, but sometimes that subtle change is taking away from the power of the statement.

I looked at this verse, ONLY in the King James Version. This is what I saw:

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD…”

The first part of the verse is pretty straightforward: Rely on GOD and be blessed.

We are putting our trust in HIM, relying on HIS strength and ability to care for us, to see us through life. We are putting our confidence in the wisdom of GOD and receive HIS blessings when we give ourselves over to HIS way rather than our own.

But remember, it is an act of submission that is needed in order for us to give up trust in ourselves and put our trust in HIM. This trust is something that is bound by our human ability to let go of our fears and give GOD control.

This is how the second part of the verse is written:

and whose hope the LORD is

The second part of the verse is where we can get lazy when we read it…I did!

This is how I assumed it read:

and whose hope is in the LORD

There is a BIG difference between having hope in the LORD versus the LORD being hope.

If I have hope in in the LORD, then I am relying on my expectations of what HE can do.

Humans put limitations on GOD, so my hope has a boundary. I can only hope for what I know…and what I know is very limited, even if I’m basing that hope on what the Bible has told me.

My hope cannot go beyond my scope of knowledge.


If I read the verse, the way it is written, it tells me that the LORD is hope.

Take a moment to get your mind wrapped around that…

LORD = hope

If we can let that sink in, the possibilities become LIMITLESS.

There is nothing that GOD cannot do.

HIS ways are not my ways and HIS thoughts are not my thoughts. {Isaiah 55:8 NKJV}

I don’t see a way for me to totally comprehend this concept, other than I have to open my mind to the limitless power of GOD and not have an earthly expectation of what HE can do. It is not my hope that is going to accomplish the work that HE has set before me…it is going to be through HIS power and wisdom that will make all things work together for good! {Philippians 4:13 KJV}

Trust in HIM…HE is hope!

Gaining strength though our fellowship.

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” {1 John 1:3 KJV}


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