a wonder in the wasteland

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.” (Jeremiah 17:7, NLT)

Today’s verse comes in a section where God shared with Jeremiah curses that were doled out to those who abandoned His love and wisdom. Specifically, in the section where we read today’s verse, we see threat of exchanging trust in God for trusting the world. Verse 6 offers a stark warning that not trusting God leads to a hopeless future. Ouch. 

There is good news and eternal hope, however, for the one who trusts in God. The visual difference is a dry tumbleweed, aimlessly being blown through a wasteland, and a lush tree deeply rooted by a riverbed, constantly providing the water it needs to flourish. As the Bible says, you are blessed when you allow yourself to be rooted in God. And since being blessed means knowing God is with you in the good days and bad, you can flourish even in the times you have to endure the wastelands of life. 

Let’s face it, the ways of the world will leave you tumbling in a spiritual wasteland. The ways of the Lord, however, anchor you, nourish you, and give you hope, regardless of what the world throws your way. I think it’s clear from Jeremiah’s days to the eternal wisdom of God, that if you’re looking for hope, don’t trade the Lord’s ways for the world’s. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me for the times I go the ways of the world as opposed to yours. I want to feel the supportive nourishment that comes from trusting you. Help me to keep my trust in you, even when I have to walk through the world’s wastelands, knowing that is not my eternal destination. I pray this in Jesus’s name. Amen. 

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