5 Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in and relies on mankind,
Making [weak, faulty human] flesh his strength,
And whose mind and heart turn away from the Lord.
6 “For he will be like a shrub in the [parched] desert;
And shall not see prosperity when it comes,
But shall live in the rocky places of the wilderness,
In an uninhabited salt land.
7 “Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord
And whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.
8 “For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters,
That spreads out its roots by the river;
And will not fear the heat when it comes;
But its leaves will be green and moist.
And it will not be anxious and concerned in a year of drought
Nor stop bearing fruit.
There is not much comparison when it comes to trusting a person and to trusting God. Trusting God is regenerating, the act of trusting is itself life giving. Trusting God is good for getting us through the hard times of life and when all is said and done we will have something good to show for all the trusting, even when we were afraid and wanted to give up (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- How might this passage change how we live?
- What action points can you take to apply this passage in your life?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the refugees in Europe and those who serve them.