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Jeremiah 17:5-8 – This is what the Lord says, "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He 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." (NIV)
As I write this, there's a lovely, quiet rain this morning. It patters about my house and makes the front street shiny. I relax and breathe deeply.
I have returned from a holiday in rain-forest-green Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where an abundance of rain ensures luxuriant growth.
But I flew home yesterday to a mottled lawn and wilted garden parching in southern Manitoba's sometimes torrid mid-summer temperatures. So, though this morning's mass of low rain-cloud is moving out, and the naked sun's rays are likely soon to permeate again the entire horizon-to-horizon great blue dome, I give thanks for these beads of moisture on blades of grass and tree-leaf tips, and for dampened soil between my rows of corn and melons.
The prophet Jeremiah, living between the desert and the sea, knew well the effects of both parched dryness and abundant moisture. He saw the person who trusts in human beings as faring like the bush in the desert, and, in contrast, he saw the person who trusts in the Lord as bearing fruit like the tree planted by water.
Jeremiah challenges us to trust in the Lord, follow his Word, and bear fruit — without worry.
Prayer: Lord, cause us to live confidently in You. May we enjoy living in the stream of Your precepts and admonition, bearing fruits of Your Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23a). Save us from trusting the false ideas of ungodly mankind. Amen.