Jeremiah 17:5-8

Jeremiah 17:5-8

5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Yesterday we looked at verses 1-4 where sin was engraved on the tablets of their hearts and today we will look at a man who trusts in man – not God – and whose heart turns away from the Lord. Consider that for a moment, your choice is to trust God or trust a man. Who are you going to trust? In the abstract this is an easy question to answer, “Of course I will trust God.”

That would certainly be a good thing as the man who trusts in man is cursed and will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. Of course also true is the converse according to verse three, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.”

However, what happens when the choice is not between prosperity and the desert? What happens when you ask a prophet a question for God and promise to follow God’s direction as given by the prophet? Here is a real life example in Jeremiah’s life

5 Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends you to tell us. 6 Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the Lord our God.” Jeremiah 42

Jeremiah did go to the Lord and seek an answer to their question about what to do. He gave them God’s answer, but they refused it and went their own way. The results were what one expect on for those whose heart turns away from the Lord. Read on in chapter 42 to see what happens to them, the punishment is real.

Still though we learn good things come to those who follow God in verse eight They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear. This is very close to what one reads in the first three verses of Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

It’s Friday, have a Great Weekend and remember to Go To Church. Trust in God, not in man is the bottom line of today’s verses.