The prophet Jeremiah lived in the 7th Century B.C. He was set apart as a herald of God’s word. His mission was to proclaim to the nations a message urging a change of heart and a return to the one true God. His message is still relevant today.
Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
More tortuous than all else is the human heart,
beyond remedy; who can understand it?
I, the LORD, alone probe the mind
and test the heart,
To reward everyone according to his ways,
according to the merit of his deeds.
Do we trust in human beings, or do we believe that the true God will always be our hope? Are we planted beside the waters or are we wandering in the desert of our own selfishness?
These are not esoteric questions. Life constantly challenges us. Our modern culture often defines evil as good. Will we drift along on the current of our times, or will we root ourselves in our faith and stand firm in our decision to follow the Lord?