Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Make a Choice

 I have been thinking on things.  I mean, what else needs to be done when you are in transition?  You adapt to your most current situation understanding that you are changing and your perspective and attitudes need to change with it.  However, there needs to be a delving of deeper concepts.  I think of a cavern or a cave.  There I am standing at the opening of a stone structure.  I'm not sure what I will find when I get into the lower levels but I think it is clear that we need to confront what we leave in the dark and why.

I have been marinating on Jeremiah 17.  These are the passages that I have to write about:

"This is what the Lord says 

    'Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.  That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;; they will not see prosperity when it comes.  They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

    'But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him, they will be like a tree planted by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

    The heart is deceitful above all  things and beyond cue.  Who can understand it? 

    'I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.'" Jeremiah 17:5-11 NIV

There is clearly a choice to be had.  Trust in man (which includes yourself) or trust in God.  There are consequences for each choice.  What I am noticing is that God differentiates for each of his followers. God modifies the plan for each of us because He knows what is in our hearts more than what we think about the cavernous region of our own psyche.  God knows because He created the path.  Like a composer knows all of the nuances of the song that they have created, God knows the heart that we have.  He may be the only one Who can tell me about my own heart.  That being said, my prayer has been for God's will to be done in my our lives, not just my life but in the lives of my children.  God is awesome that way.  I'm not quite done marinating on Jeremiah 17 but I think that no matter what, I'm putting my money and my heart on on God.  I like the outcomes.  Praise the Lord!!!

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