Today's Bible Reading:

Why Suffer in the Desert When You Can Thrive by the Stream?

In Jeremiah 17:5-8, God spoke through his prophet to the wayward people of Judah.

Thus says the LORD:

_________________ Cursed is the man who trusts in man
______________________ and makes flesh his strength,
______________________ 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.

On the other hand…

_________________ Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
______________________ whose trust is the LORD.
_________________ He is like a tree planted by water,
______________________ that sends out its roots by the stream,
_________________ and does not fear when heat comes,
______________________ for its leaves remain green,
_________________ and is not anxious in the year of drought,
______________________ for it does not cease to bear fruit.

This most fundamental of choices continues to be made. It is a choice you will make today.

  • Cursed or blessed?
  • Like a shrub or a tree?
  • The desert or the stream?
  • The lack of any good or the absence of fear?
  • The parched places of the wilderness or healthy endurance in the midst of the heat?
  • An uninhabited salt land or bountiful fruit, even in the midst of drought?

On what does your choice hinge? The object of your trust.

  • Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength.
  • Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.

Why continue to suffer in the desert when you can thrive by the stream?

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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