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God keeps his promises

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. 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.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 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.” – Jeremiah 17:5-8

When God reigns in your life, you do not have to be concerned about the problems of this world. During difficult times, the Lord will see you over the hump. He says, “I will be with you always, even to the very end of the age.” He will rescue you when life’s burdens seem to be taxing you too heavily.

Look around you and take note of some of the people of the world whom you admired. Many of them do not know God and as a result, their lives are disjointed.

The text says “Cursed is the one who trusts in man who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. Those who place their trust in people normally are disappointed.”

Some years ago, I negotiated a very reasonable price for an item that I needed. However, I had to go to the bank to get the money. By the time I returned with the money, the person with whom I had negotiated said that he couldn’t have made such a deal.

Because I did not have the money in hand when I negotiated the deal, I had to trust the man to keep his promise. However, he did not and I had to settle for a lesser deal.

Man cannot be trusted. He will renege on his promises.

People often make promises but seldom keep them. When God makes a promise, he keeps it. God’s plans never go unfilled. He is the only being that makes promises that he can keep.

The things of this world are transient, they are here today and gone tomorrow.

Place your faith in that which no man can take away or that which cannot perish. Trust in God, he will never fail you. You can never go wrong.

I am not saying that you should not place any reliance upon people, because you have to depend upon people for some things. However, do not become so consumed by the promise of a human that you forget about your God and what you are called to do.

One might say that life is good, and brag about the amount of prosperity on this side. But then, what is the use of gaining the whole world and losing one’s soul. All the money in the world is useless if God is not in your life’s plans.

God’s blessing is all that we need. When Saint Paul complained to the Lord about his suffering, the Lord responded, “My grace is sufficient.”

The world might ridicule us for our trust, but we know that our trust is not in vain. We know because God in his word gives us his promise. He promises that he will be with us and that our suffering and ridicule will not go unnoticed.

I remind you, a man’s plans die with him. God’s plans go on forever to all eternity. Amen.

• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: lutheranchurch@coralwave.com, Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org

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