Jeremiah 17:5-8
5This is what the LORD says: "Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the LORD. 6They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives.
7"But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.

In Jeremiah it says the Lord is the source of our trust. From the Lord comes our hope and confidence. For a person who trusts in the Lord they are like trees planted along a river. They are able to bear fruit, not because they want to, but because they are able to. This is in contrast to those who trust merely in people. They are more like someone planted in the desert. They have no hope or confidence. They cannot bear fruit if they wanted to because they have chosen a barren wilderness to live in.

Have you ever trusted someone just to find out they broke your trust? And sometimes the way the world is filled with sin, a person can be completely innocent and you may still feel they let you down. Think about Joseph in the Bible when it said, Potiphar’s wife began to desire him and invited him to sleep with her. But Joseph refused. "Look," he told her, "my master TRUSTS me with everything in his entire household. Then we know she lied (sin) to her husband and after hearing his wife’s story, Potiphar was furious, lost TRUST in Joseph and threw Joseph in prison. Where we all make our mistake is our trust first must be in the Lord and what He desires for us and not in man. Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Joseph had every right not to trust anyone after his experience. But Joseph had faith and trust in God, so much so that he made the sons of Israel swears an oath that when God “came to lead them back to Canaan” they would take his body with them. And so in Hebrews it says they carried his bones with them when they left Egypt. Joseph placed his faith first in God. Where have you placed your trust? Did you place it first in God? Pray and ask God to lead you to the river bank where you can find trust, hope and confidence. Ask that He might produce fruit in your life and take away the barren ground.