5 This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans,
who rely on human strength
and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert,
with no hope for the future.
They will live in the barren wilderness,
in an uninhabited salty land.
7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.
9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?
10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts
and examine secret motives.
I give all people their due rewards,
according to what their actions deserve.”
Jeremiah 17:5-10 (NLT)
This passage (along with Psalm 1) reminds me that worldy wisdom (even from my own mind and heart) cannot be fully trusted. We often think we have it all figured out and the truth is that we are deceived and don’t even know it. As I look back on my life I can see that I have been out in the barren wilderness more than I care to admit. Many times I was heading towards what I thought was an oasis only discover it was a mirage. I was chasing things that I thought would nourish me only to find myself deeper in the desert and further from the things I really needed.
The good thing is that God knows our thoughts and He will only lead us to things that bring life. He knows the things that are going to derail us and send is off into the wasteland. He gives us the way to escape if we will just listen and obey. As I get older I realize just how better off I am when I am fully trusting God and I’m following the lead of His Holy Spirit. The world (and my own mind) may tell me I’m missing out on things but I know that in the end I will be better off. I have to keep reminding myself of that and keep praying for the strength to persevere. May you do the same.
May God our Father give you grace and peace.