Jeremiah 17:5-10 is a good reminder in the middle of a heated election season. But it is also good to think about when we have a relationship that we just can’t “live without” or when our faith heavily relies on a particular church leader that seems to “do no wrong” in our eyes. May this be both a warning to be heeded and an encouragement to be lived.
5 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.
6 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.
7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8 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.
9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?
10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts
and examine secret motives.
I give all people their due rewards,
according to what their actions deserve.”
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things…included yours…including mine. More than the media can search, deeper than the secrets that come out at inopportune times, the Lord searches our hearts and gives the due reward. No, not the victory in an election or first prize at the popularity contest, but true justice from the holy God and the timing, I assume, is also up to God who never seems to operate fast enough for us but always when it is needed. It’s not about having a “good heart” but making God our hope and confidence in full view of our not-so-innocent heart!
And in times of moral “drought” or seasons of pressure filled “heat” I pray that my roots are reaching deep into the water where God has planted me along the riverbank. I pray our leaves stay green (no reference to third parties here) and that we never stop producing fruit for the Kingdom of God. I pray that when God looks down on me, God sees someone that trusts Him over and above all other opportunities to trust.
I want to share thoughts, insights, and scriptures that lead us in the direction of Christ.