I was reading Jeremiah 17 as a part of my morning readings today and I came across a section with two very big contrasts. The section is verses 5-8 and is titled, “Wisdom from the Lord”.
Verses 5-6 talk about people who put their trust in humans. It says, “This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land”
It was written at a time when the people had turned away from God and to worshiping idols. They had taken their eyes off God and were trusting in other things, other people and their own strength to give them what they wanted. God says this way is cursed.
Contrast this to what God says happens when a person or people trust in Him. Verses 7-8 paint a much different picture.
“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They 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 never stop producing fruit”.
The contrast is a polar opposite. If you trust in man you are cursed like stunted shrubs in the desert, have no hope for the future, and it is like living in a barren wilderness and uninhabited salty land. Or by trusting God you are blessed, planted in a good place, fruitful, always thriving, even in drought.
For me this paints a vivid picture of the blessings of trusting in God and following His ways. I want a life that is like verses 7-8. I want to be blessed and I want to use this to be a blessing. I want to walk with God and trust in Him alone.
Let us purpose in our hearts to trust God alone today and stay in the shadow of His wings. It is a place where we find blessing, protection and favour.