I want green leaves

I came across this verse the other day and it has been piercing me heart, mind and soul.  
Jeremiah 17:5-8
5 This is what the LORD says: ”Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not [...]

I came across this verse the other day and it has been piercing me heart, mind and soul.  

Jeremiah 17:5-8

5 This is what the LORD says: ”Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

7 ”But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

8 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.” 

I admit it…I trust in other people (man) around me for many things.  If there was a contest of who could trust in man more rather than God, I would have a great chance of winning.  I have a feeling that many of us feel this way. We trust relationships to make us happy, our bosses to come through with that bonus or raise, that guy or gal to notice us or for that group of acquaintances to approve of us some how or some way. the list could go on…

Why do we seem to do this?  How easily I forget how God has totally and completely blew my mind, heart and soul with His provision.  And it is SO true…He does not disappoint in giving us what we really need.  Usually disappointment comes when we elevate our wants to needs and blame God for not giving us what we wanted which we think we need.  

God may you work in me and those reading to trust you in all things and with everything…then our leaves will always be green.

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  1. Amanda added these pithy words on December 2, 2008 | Permalink

    UGH — this totally challenges me.

    I too find myself in this position, looking to man to meet my needs. I love the portion of scripture that reads, “It has no in a year of drought,” because that’s when I find I most frequently look away from God. When things around me get hard, who can I look to to help me fix it.

    I’ve got a long, long way to go…

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