Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 17

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God’s Message:

   “Cursed is the strong one
   who depends on mere humans,
Who thinks he can make it on muscle alone
   and sets God aside as dead weight. Jeremiah 17:5 (MSG)

It is easy, when you are young, to set God aside. God does seem like dead weight when we are in the youthful delusion of our immortality. Our days are full of life and energy. An entire life is ahead of us (and it seems like an eternity). The whole world, it seems, is at our doorstep. God would only slow us down and hold us back.

As the journey continues, however, we all eventually find the limits of our human strength. My experience is that it often happens suddenly. Who knew that a crevasse could open so unexpectedly, that the very road on which my feet felt so sure could fall away into such dark places?

When our eyes are opened to the realities of our predicament,  our hearts are open to the realities of God.

You might find that the thing we cast aside as dead weight when our arms were full of everything our heart desired, can be remarkably light when everything else has been stripped away from us. 

It’s never too late to turn to God.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 17”

  1. 9-10″The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,
    a puzzle that no one can figure out.
    But I, God, search the heart
    and examine the mind.
    I get to the heart of the human.
    I get to the root of things.
    I treat them as they really are,
    not as they pretend to be.”

    I love this passage. It reminds me how intimately God knows me. I try to be authentic and real in my relationships, but I’m sure that at times I do not reveal what is really going on inside my heart. God still knows. He knows what is best for me and He knows what I need and desire. Yesterday’s message at church spoke deep into my heart. God knows what I need and worrying about it and focusing all of my energy on where my next dollar will come from is a lack of trust in Him. God forgive me for relying on myself all too often.

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