Jeremiah 17:5-7 Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.
Do you know about curses and blessings, they are real, and the have great power. The power comes from the name on whom they call.
In our text, God the creator of all, calls on the same power with which he created everything out of nothing. Our text has both a curse and a blessing.
Cursed is the man who trusts in man. Cursed is the man who trusts in his strength. Cursed is the man who makes his strength his champion. Cursed is the man who trusts in man in a way that is to be reserved for God alone.
This is most definitely a word for those who think they ought to do it themselves. This is a word for those who think they have rights and can do what they want. This is a word for those who come to God asking God to bless what they have chosen, rather than ask God what he has chosen, and following the way in which God leads. It is a word for those who would say- everyone else is doing it. It is a word for those who would say, it doesnít matter what you do, so long as you try to do your best.
You see, it is a 2 fold problem. 1. Your trust is in the wrong place. 2. The strength to get it done [your arm] is simply not strong enough.
How can you know? All mankind faces 3 mortal enemies; the world, the flesh, and the devil. If you cannot always and fully win the victory over each of these every single time, then all is lost. If you cannot overcome death, you will most certainly perish. If you cannot always overcome sin, you will most certainly perish. If you cannot overcome the world, you will most certainly perish. Its not enough to win most of the time. Its not enough to be able to overcome most of the foes. It is either all or nothing. And Godís warning is, that if you havenít chosen Him, you have chose that which leads to nothing Ė but not the kind of nothing youíd want, for the nothing is an eternal punishment, and a real and everlasting hell.
God says that those who trust in their own power are like a shrub in a desert salt flat, they donít live much, they donít grow much, they donít amount to much. In that moment when everything is right, they might have a glimmer of life, but that soon ends, and all that is left is a parched skeleton.
Blessed is the man who trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man whose trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man whose champion is the Lord.
Because only in the Lord is their life, forgiveness, salvation and the victory Ė and all these come to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.