Sunday: 17th February, 2019
Reference text: Jeremiah 17:5-8
Every now and then, when on my local train, I compare the distinctions seen in two of the eight coaches classified ‘first class’ and always come to the same conclusion: ‘these coaches are not much different from the standard ones’. In an airplane however, the extra money forked out to purchase a first class ticket cones with perks evident both from without and within the craft. Why the comparison between planes and trains? It is because if distinctions are going to be made, then they have to be crystal clear.
The message from Jeremiah 17 leans much towards the seating arrangement in a plane as the verses show a clear distinction between the resultant of the choices we can make:
Verses 5-6 The Lord says: Cursed is the man who puts his trust in mortal man and turns his heart away from God. He is like a stunted shrub in the desert, with no hope for the future; he lives on the salt-encrusted plains in the barren wilderness; good times pass him by forever.
Verses 7-8 But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence. He is like a tree planted along a riverbank, with its roots reaching deep into the water—a tree not bothered by the heat nor worried by long months of drought. Its leaves stay green, and it goes right on producing all its luscious fruit.
There are no hidden rules, coded messages or unexpected clauses; just plain text expressions of what our choice means- the choice to either depend on muscle and set God aside as dead weight or make him our confidence and hope. Interestingly, even though the outcomes of the options on offer have been laid bare, we still have a decision to make.
My personal decision: on the basis of the above information, I am sticking with God because the things to miss out on are too much. What about you?
Armed with all this information, what will your choice be? Where lies your trust?