Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Sunday, 13 October 19:
Jeremiah 17:5, 7, 8-10 — Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord…. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart
and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
In what or in whom do you really place your trust? Today’s verses point out how easy it is for a person to say he or she trusts in the Lord when he is really trusting in self, someone else or something else, such as family, career, wealth, talents, skills, abilities, etc. – the heart is deceitful. The relationship in which you trust is the relationship in which you will invest and prioritize in your life, in which you will hope. What you really trust over God will become and idle for you – you will ‘worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator.’ (Romans 1:25) For example, if you think your fate ultimately depends on your own talents, skills and abilities, you invest all of your energies in them to the expense of your relationship with God, you will take matters into your own hands, and you will become very self-centered, and you will choose your will and plan for your life over God’s will and plan for your life.
“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” A person’s actions, particularly when things get tough, reveal in what that person really believes and trusts. During times of crisis, do you turn to the Lord, simply take matters into your own hands, or search from some other rescuer? God may equip you or place people in your life to help you, but don’t lose sight of who is the Provider.
The Israelites of Jeremiah’s day believed they could trust in their army, the diplomacy of their king, and their foreign alliances to protect them from the powerful Babylonian empire. They gave lip service to their trust in God, but their actions showed the truth of their faith. As the enemy approached, the Israelites continued to search for a person to save them rather than humbling themselves before the Savior.
The U.S. National Motto is, “In God We Trust.” What do our national polices, agendas and actions reveal? What do your priorities and actions reveal about who you trust? What lord’s over your daily decisions?
– Psalm 20:7 — Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
– Psalm 46:10 — “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
– Psalm 28:7 — The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
– Matthew 6:25 — “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
– Joshua 1:9 — Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 13 October 19: Today, “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him….” (Proverbs 3:5, 6)