Jeremiah was one of those prophets brought along to declare the coming judgment of the Lord upon Israel. Hs specific ministry was to the Kingdom of Judah and was centered around Jerusalem. He received many warnings over many years for the people of Judah to turn away from their evil ways and return to the Lord. Of course, the people didn’t listen. People rarely listen to what is right and what is good for them. When the people refused, God declared that they were cursing themselves. In one such place, God gets to the heart of a man. Here He is speaking to each person individually and it would be good for each of us to heed His words.
Jeremiah 17:5–6 (NKJV) — 5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.
God says we are cursed when we put our trust in a man or think that anything in the flesh is our strength. Our hearts will depart from the Lord and we will be like a plant in the desert. A plant in the desert has very limited water and when the scorching sun comes, the plant is parched and dries up. So it is with us when our trust in not in the Lord. We are drinking from a dry source when we put our trust in flesh.
God declared a lot of curses upon Israel at this time. Yet, God never seems to give them a curse without following it with a blessing. God immediately follows that curse for a person who trusts in the flesh with a blessing if that person trusts in the Lord.
Jeremiah 17:7–8 (NKJV) — 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
For the person who puts their trust in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord, that person won’t be like a plant in the desert. He will be like a tree planted by the waters. We have a perfect source of water to pull from. No matter what scorching heat may come, we will not dry up. We will stay green and fruitful. We will not worry no matter what comes at us. The Lord is the perfect source.
Psalm 1:1–3 (NKJV) — 1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Put all of your faith and hope in the Lord. Put none in yourself or any other person. If you put your faith and hope in the Lord, you will not wither and you will bring forth good fruit no matter what the circumstances.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Jeremiah 30-31
- Day 2 – Jeremiah 32-34
- Day 3 – Jeremiah 35-37
- Day 4 – Jeremiah 38-41
- Day 5 – Jeremiah 42-45
- Day 6 – Jeremiah 46-48
- Day 7- Jeremiah 49-50