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"Thus says the Lord, 'Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength...Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord'" (Jeremiah 17:5a, 7)
One would think it almost must go without saying that trusting totally in human endeavor to bring about the security of life, liberty and happiness cannot but be disastrous. One only need look around the world today to see what human endeavor has brought us - rampant destruction. We humans have done many great and marvelous things with our minds and hands - some nearly unbelievable. But to what end?
That is the most important question. To what end? Have what we created with our minds and hands really brought the life, liberty and the happiness with the security for which we long? Many call our age the age of anxiety - anxiety that afflicts us all in various ways no matter how much or how little we have. It is as Jeremiah describes it - we are like shrubs in the desert, dwelling in "parched places of the wilderness in an uninhabited salt land (Jeremiah 17:5)," cursed with hopelessness and despair.
What is wrong? How can it be changed? We need to listen to the prophet who declares, "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord (Jeremiah 17:7)." People who do that are like "a tree planted by water that sends out its roots and...does not cease to bear fruit (Jeremiah 17:8)," the prophet tells us.
Who is the Lord? The Creator, of course, the One who has put the whole process of creating together so that we might have this life and liberty for which we so yearn. This Lord has given us all the instruments and tools we need for this "good life" we so desire. But if we cannot use them in the right way we could destroy everything. We desperately need the guidance of the "Manufacturer," the Lord. Without His aid we are lost in our ignorance. So He tells us, "Trust Me," and adds, "Blessed is the man whose trust is the Lord." Those who go to the Lord for guidance will prosper like trees planted by water. Those who do not...
- Pastor Henry
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