Thus, says the Lord: “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
During my lifetime, I have had good days and bad days. However, often, it seemed that the bad days outnumbered the good days. Notwithstanding this, I can raise my head toward heaven and say to my God: Thank you for the blessings which you have bestowed upon me. Thank you for Jesus Christ, and his death and resurrection. Thank you for the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper through which you give me grace.
The above text opens with a curse from God. “Cursed is the man who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” Our trust should always be in God.
Those who place their trust solely in people are often disappointed. Man makes promises which, for a multitude of reasons, he cannot keep, or he just refuses to keep. Not so with God. When God makes promises, He keeps them.
God’s plans never go unfilled. He is the only being that makes promises which are always kept.
Therefore, place your trust 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.
The text furthers states, “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 slat land where no one lives.”
The wasteland is a desolate place. Nothing grows there. The sun scorches it. There is no vegetation. Plant life, for the most part, is absent.
Similarly, it will be for those who neglect God to trust in man. The plans of man die with him, while God’s plans go on forever.
The man who trusts in the Lord, “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.”
In Abaco, where I grew up, I was often fascinated by the huge body of water in the pine forest, with green trees growing around them. Those trees had constant moisture and, consequently, were never plagued with drought.
When God reigns in our lives, we do not need to be concerned about the vicissitudes of this world. In difficult times, the Lord comes to our rescue and guides us through the turbulences of life. He promised: I will be with you always, even to the very end of the age.
I feel like those evergreen trees growing by those spring of clear water pools in Abaco, even in the face of adversity, I can smile and thank the Lord. Why? Because I trust in the Lord. I say to you, trust in the Lord, not man. Amen.
• Reverend Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Dr can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone 426-9084; E-mail: email@example.com; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.