Not a good trade

We love the encouragement of Jeremiah:

“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.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT)

*But* — the passage starts with a ‘but.’ Jeremiah isn’t all sweetness and light. Read the passage immediately preceding:

“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.'” (v.5-6)

They go hand in hand: Relying on your human strength and turning your heart away from the Lord. You wind up trading a constantly fruitful life for subsistence in a barren, uninhabitable land.

Not a good trade, especially when human strength was going to fail you anyway.

So:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)

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About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
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