“Thus says the Lord : “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord . For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited” Jeremiah 17:5-6.
There are some amazing things about the above verses of scripture. First, the design for Mankind has always been complete dependence on God. We were never designed to trust in flesh as our strength. We were never meant to trust in our salary the source of our wealth, nor were we to trust in healthy living as a source of our health; we were always supposed to trust in God.
The man who trusts in man is cursed, not because God’s mad and vengeful, not at all. Its because man was already cursed because of sin (Genesis 3: 17-19) and trusting in God puts us under His covering. When we trust in man and make flesh our strength, we take ourselves away from the cover of God (Which brings The Blessing) and expose ourselves to the curse. We, pretty much tell God ‘Don’t worry, I’ve got this.’ But, you see, the problem is that we haven’t got anything nor fo we have the ability in ourselves to.
The second amazing thing about the above verses of scripture is the fact that the cursed man will have good things come to him; but the snag is he won’t be able to see it. He will be blind to the great opportunities that God has set before him. Let’s imagine how Joseph’s life might have turned out in Egypt (See Genesis 37 – 41). If he had sex with Potiphar’s wife, he would have had a measure of power, but he would have remained a slave forever. If he hadn’t taken God’s route, he would never have been the second most powerful person in Egypt and brought redemption to his family.
In our lives everyday, we’re faced with the challenge of keeping our focus on God above our own abilities. It doesn’t end well for us if we focus solely on flesh as our strength. Let’s look at what happens to the man who trusts in God.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord , And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit” Jeremiah 17:7-8.
The man who trusts in God is blessed, he flourishes, he has no fear of recession or financial uncertainty, and he is exceedingly fruitful. Guys its more profitable for you to do what God says than to be successful based on mankind’s definition of success. Our ambition in life shouldn’t be to have the biggest corporations, but to do what God wants us to do. So, whenever you’re feeling the pressures of life, remember Jeremiah 17:7-8; remember Joseph and know that its much better to trust God.