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Jeremiah 17:7-8 ” But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. 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.”

It’s easy to trust the Lord when everything is going great in our lives.  When we’re happy and healthy and all around us is peaceful…it’s almost effortless to put our faith in God.  But it’s what happens when the unexpected and  the unanticipated crash into our lives that really shows how rooted and grounded we are in Him.  Droughts are long dry spells when rain doesn’t fall…the plants wither and the ground cracks.  There are times when all of us can go through “spiritual” dry spells.  Times when our soul seems parched, our body is withering, and our mind cracking under the stress… and we feel God is so far away.  But if we’re firmly rooted in the streams of living water, regardless of the trial, we can still flourish and grow.

Jeremiah 14:10 ” This is what the Lord says about this people: ‘They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.’ “

The Prophet Jeremiah’s message was primarily one of judgement upon Judah for their shameful and persistent sins.  They seemingly lacked the desire or even control to stop straying from God’s law.  The world today still wanders from God…aimlessly roaming, running after whatever has their attention…following a harmful path that can only lead to death and destruction.

Romans 12:19 ” Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.

The Apostle Paul is quoting Deuteronomy 32:35 urging others not to seek justice themselves out of anger or spite.  For Proverbs 20:22 tells us, “Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’  Wait for the Lord, and He will deliver you.”   But when we’re angry and frustrated, and think no one has our back…we tend to react badly.  It’s at that point that we need to take a deep breath and remember that the Lord tells us that He will defend us. (Jeremiah 51:36)

Luke 1:37 ” For nothing is impossible with God.”

God is mighty and strong on our behalf.  There is nothing that God can’t do.  In addressing the Lord, Jeremiah stated, “Nothing is too hard for You.” (Jeremiah 32:17)   The Creator of heaven and earth is not confined to time, place or our limited reasoning.  For our mighty God can attain the unattainable…make the impossible possible, and take the out of the question and answer it with a miracle.

II Corinthians 4:7 ” But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

In Biblical times,  clay jars were used to store items of importance.  In Jeremiah 32:14-15,  the Lord tells Jeremiah to buy his cousin’s field and take the documents and place them in a clay jar.  “For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.”  This promise that they would return to their homeland  would take 70 years of exile in Babylon before it would come about…but these important documents would be kept safe until then…safe within a fragile clay jar.  And if you’re a Believer, you  have the great power and Almighty energy of God within your clay jar…your body,  placed there by God for safe-keeping.

Luke 18:14 “…For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

This comes from the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector that Jesus taught to a group of self-righteous, haughty people.  It says in verse 10 that both men went up to the Temple to pray.  The Pharisee pushed his way up to the front of the crowd in order to be seen and heard by everyone, and once there, proceeded to pray loudly and arrogantly…basically telling God how lucky He was to have him.  On the other hand,  the Tax Collector stood way back in the courtyard, daring not to even look up to heaven, but rather beating his breast and whispering, “God have mercy on me.”  In Jeremiah 31:19 it says, “After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understanding, I beat my breast.  I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.”  The road from self-deception  to self-awareness requires acknowledgement…admitting I’m just as sinful as those around me and not one bit more righteous.

Jeremiah 9:6 “You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge Me, declares the Lord.”

The world’s deception isn’t blatant…it’s a sly twisting of the truth that may ring true in parts, but in the whole,  is false.  For the causal listener, it sounds fine…but is it really?  The world wants to mislead, trick, and fool us…to lull us into a false sense of security that a loving God would never send people to hell…never judge people who go against His Laws…never pass sentence on those unwilling to recognize Him as Lord.   The world’s deception has been  a slow and insidious process…like a slow-growing cancer.  What was taboo for our Grandparents is now touted openly…what was considered risqué then,  is now in everyday commercials.  Our minds have been slowly desensitized and deceived over the years by a twisting of what we should believe today as “normal”.  But our God will not be mocked and soon all will stand before Him to be judged.