Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 26 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 17-18
Food for Thought: Jer. 17:5-8
There is such a freedom in coming to the realization that our trust, our confidence, our hope for our well-being and future, cannot be in any man or woman (not your minister, your parent, your best friend, your spouse, nor your employer or employee, and especially not yourself). Those who place all their faith in the abilities of a human eventually find themselves like a shrub in the desert, dwelling in the very dry, lifeless place of disappointment. The focus of all our attention and confidence must be on the Lord as our Source.
But the Lord does not intend for us to live our lives cynical of everyone, either; there is no peace in such a position. It is just a matter of understanding that God is the One Who gives us peace, joy, and security, and not expecting that to come from any person apart from the Lord. It really wouldn’t be fair to ask of any person to provide what they are inherently incapable of providing. Though people may let us down, the Spirit of God never will, and though our faith cannot be in any man, we can find people who are vessels of the Holy Spirit and trust the Spirit within them when His fruit is evident.
The Bible promises that the one who trusts in the Lord is blessed, a word which is not used lightly. It denotes meanings like happy, favored, and prosperous. As a result, the one whose hope is in the Lord is strong, firm, unmovable, provided for, productive, and unfazed by external circumstances. There is much to gain for directing all faith toward the Lord, and much to lose for expecting a human to do what God has always wanted to do for us.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):