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181104-who-do-you-trust-man-or-god

Scripture: Jer. 17:5-8

5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They 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.”

 

Two objects of trust and their consequences:

  1. Man – Creation = Curses = Doom (vv.5-6)
  2. GOD – Creator = Blessings = Boom (vv.7-8)

Trust

  • Have confidence in
  • Have strong belief in the goodness, strength and reliability of someone or something

(Oxford Dictionary)

 

1. Trust in MAN (vv.5-6)

Consequences

  1. Cursed
  2. Limited strength – from me flesh
  3. Godless = heart turned away from God
  4. Insignificant = like a bush in wastelands
  5. Unfruitful = will not see prosperity
  6. Malnourished = dwell in desert
  7. Unproductive = dwell in salt land
  8. Living without God and His blessing

Final Outcome: DOOM

2. Trust in GOD (vv.7-8)

Results:

  1. Blessed
  2. Confident = whose confidence is in him
  3. Well-watered = a tree planted by the water
  4. Well-rooted = sends out its roots by the stream
  5. Courageous = does not fear
  6. Well-nourished = leaves are always green
  7. Calm and Assured = has no worries of drought
  8. Fruitful = never fails to bear fruit
  9. Living with God and His blessings

Final Outcome: BOOM

 

Man is limited in many ways.

God is unlimited in any way.

 

9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10 I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” (Jer. 17:9-10)

 

What to do?

  • Keep your heart guarded in Jesus – He will keep you true and vibrant
  • Keep your ears tuned to His voice – He will guide you in all righteousness
  • Keep your eyes fixed on Him – He will show how God all the way

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight (direct your path).” (Pro. 3:5-6)

 

Decide, Determine and Resolve in your heart to trust God all the way, at all times, and in all circumstances.

 

Why trust in God?

  • He knows what is best
  • He will do the right and proper things in your life and your family
  • He has your highest good in mind.

 

 

By: Rev. Glen Lim

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