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He is not anxious when there's drought

He is not anxious when there’s drought

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. 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.” Jeremiah 17:5-6

Though I read this verse of Jeremiah several times, I did not really grasp what the author meant when he contrasted those who trusted and did trust not in God. When I saw God intervene in multiple decisions of my life, I started to see this truth plainly. There’s an indisputable difference between those who trust in God and those who don’t.

It was not Jeremiah who said “cursed are those who don’t trust God”, but it was God Himself who engaged Himself to make this statement. This reminds me Jesus’ words in John 15 when He said “apart from me you can do nothing” or “you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me”. I observed that many who do not trust in the Jesus prosper financially and can be very successful. Why are they cursed then? Our Lord says because they have no hope for the future.

This is how I illustrate it:  Fruits that have been removed from the tree will change from its unripened state to its ripen state quickly. The taste of a fruit which naturally ripped on the tree and one which was cut prematurely is not the same even though on the outside both are of the same color. The fruit which ripped naturally was due to the life brought by the tree’s sap but the one which was cut off changed its color to the ripen state due to death. One fruit was living and the other rotting. This is the difference between those who trust in the Lord and those who don’t.

Many well-known figures ascended quickly to elevated positions but their fall was quicker than their ascension.

We read in the book of proverbs : “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” Prov. 16:18

My relatives often make the remark that vegetables produced with chemical fertilizers rot faster than those which grew naturally. Even in years of drought the vegetables which grow naturally are fresher than those doped by fertilizers. The world offers many ‘fertilizers’ like lottery or ungodly paths to make us blossom faster. Shall we be radical enough to draw our strength, hope and life only in Jesus?

Those who turn away from God have no hope for the future. They cheat and take shortcuts like fraud to ascend quickly and they are still insatiable. They think they are happy but they are still anxious. They are anxious because they have no hope. They have no hope because they are unable to control future events. The scripture teaches us to commit our plans to God and not to rely on our strength or uncertainties.

Still in the book of proverbs, we read : “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”  Prov. 16:3

Blessed is the man who keep faith in the Lord but cursed is he who rejects Jesus. The man who trusts in God does not lose hope and confidence even during times of tragedy. Let there be heat and drought, this man’s hope is in Christ and fears not. He is firmly rooted in Christ and does not cease to produce fruits.

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 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.” Jer. 17:7-8

 

 

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Posted August 13, 2014 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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