Can You SEE what God is saying?
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. (Jeremiah 17:5-8 New Living Translation)
On yesterday we discussed the cursed man (person) who trusts in human efforts and self-reliance, instead of God. Today, we will discuss the Blessed Man (person). God defines the Blessed Man as one who places all of their hope and confidence in God. In the Hebrew language, “bless(ed)”, means to congratulate, praise, salute, and noteworthy. God shows us a great contrast between the cursed man and the Blessed Man. The cursed man has stunted or restricted progress and no real expectation of good things in the future. The Blessed Man places all of his hope and trust in the Lord and is successful in the worst of times.
Anyone can be successful when the economy is booming, jobs are in abundance, and there is money in savings. However in this world, there are economic cycles that rise and fall affecting people in all walks of life. WE serve a God that lives outside of time and outside of natural systems. He knows that it is only a matter of time before another famine, drought, or recession takes place, so He has made a covenant promise to provide for His people when they trust in Him alone for their provisions.
It is possible to live insulated for the effects of theses natural conditions? Yes!! God requires us to believe in Him and His WORD to the point we act on it. Mere knowledge is not enough; we must become fully persuaded that He will do what he said.
The Gospel of Luke records a woman blessing the child-rearing efforts of the mother of Jesus, but let’s look at how Jesus replied, … He replied, “Yes, but even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.” (Luke 11:28 Living Bible).
The WORD of God also tells us: The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth. All our work adds nothing to it! (Proverbs 10:22 Living Bible)
We must allow knowing and doing God’s WORD to become the priority in our lives. Nothing else will ensure a peace of mind or unceasing provision in the days to come. Determine today to become the Blessed Man!!