Today’s Tasting: Jeremiah 14-17: Today’s reading is a conversation between Jeremiah and God. Judah is suffering through a horrible drought and because God is a jealous God, meaning, He knows that our following Him alone makes us whole. Judah is not following Him, which leads to sinning against the Lord. So, the Lord is ready to allow Judah go their way and suffer the consequences. Jeremiah tells God that he is their only hope. God tells Jeremiah all the bad things that will happen to Judah because their ancestors stopped following him and worshiped other gods instead. God says that people who trust in the Lord will be strong, while those who trust in other people will not know about the good things God can give.
Today’s Nourishment: On this hot, dry August day, these verses seem particularly appropriate:
“The person who trusts in the Lord will be blessed. The Lord will show him that he can be trusted. He will be strong, like a tree planted near water that sends its roots by a stream. It is not afraid when the days are hot; its leaves are always green. It does not worry in a year when no rain comes; it always produces fruit.” (Jeremiah 17: 7-8 NCV).
This morning we looked at the plants in our bean field. Some of the plants are growing in areas where the dry soil has compacted the vegetation. The limp and wilted plants are dying because the soil is so hard. The plants never grew deep roots to reach the water below. The remaining plants grew roots down into the moist soil, so they grew taller and thrive in color and plumpness.
Do you trust in the Lord, or are you placing your trust in people, and in the things of the world. Are you relying on God for your strength and your “water”? As we saw from today’s reading, it is never a good idea to turn away from God and think that we can do life on our own. Lean on God and let him nourish your spirit.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Jeremiah 18-22