Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Verse of the Day via Jer. 17:7-8

But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
He 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.”
                      - Jer. 17:7-8

If anyone reads Jeremiah, they will see that the book is kind of depressing.  Many passages contain warnings of bad things that are about to happen. Then the bad things happened - i.e., exile at the hands of the cruel Babylonians - and we have the book of Lamentations.  In the midst of those dire warnings, there are words of encouragement, such as those found in 17:7-8.  If you put your trust in the Lord, you will be blessed.  Although you are being taken out of your homes, you will be blessed.  Despite the cruelty of the Babylonians who have you, your friends and family in captivity, you will experience blessings.  The passage tells us that we may experience drought, but put your trust in the Lord and you will have no worries.  

What about today?  We worry about terrorism.  Mass shootings such as what we saw in Connecticut.  The federal government is trillions in debt and we are worried about what the leadership in Washington is going to do next.  What happens out there really does not matter, though we may talk about it a lot.  We should have no worries in the midst of these things and place our trust in the Lord. I am not against being like a tree planted by the water.

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