Lenten Devotional

March 28, 2018

All Day

Category: Adult Education

Jeremiah 17: 5-10; 14-17 

Affirming and Scary

The contrast Jeremiah describes couldn’t be greater: a bush in the salt-covered desert or a tree that thrives near a stream; a curse or a blessing; one whose heart turns away from the Lord and trusts in man or one who trusts in the Lord. Wouldn’t you think things so different would be obvious? And yet, Jeremiah writes that the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? It does seem that each of us lives on a spectrum of wanting to trust in the Lord yet suddenly find ourselves trusting in man. In a sense, we seem to be both blessed and cursed.

Jeremiah goes on to say that the Lord searches the heart and examines the mind to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve. This sounds both affirming and scary because of the spectrum we live on

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