Lasting Security

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord.”Jeremiah 17:5

Cursed? The first time I read this verse, it immediately jumped out at me. I was all too familiar with the concept of depending on others instead of God, but I was a little taken aback by the word “cursed.” Cursed by whom? God? I don’t think so. Ultimately each of us is condemned by our own sins, but even with all theological implications of condemnation and hell aside, I think the point here is very simple: he who trusts in man curses himself in this life.

He is cursed because he will never find fulfillment; he will always been seeking and never finding. He is cursed because the security he craves is not stable at all but ebbs and flows with every whim of human emotion. He is cursed because true happiness will never be his.

As imperfect humans, our faltering spirits are weak, our bodies weaker still. How then can we depend on one another for strength? We are but instruments in the hands of Almighty God; by ourselves we have no power to hold up our own weight, let alone that of someone else. Yet we search constantly for some tangible sense of safety, knowing it will not satisfy but seeking a solution to our insecurity: a temporary solution that will leave us feeling worse about ourselves in the end than we did in the beginning.

What does God feel, I wonder, each time he watches us return to our old habits each time someone new lets us down? We cry, feeling worthless and alone, our fragile hearts shattered once again. He longs to hold us, but we defiantly wipe our tears, turn our hearts away from Him once more, and seek out the next available source of physical security, living in a cursed state of constant disappointment.

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.”Jeremiah 17:7-8.

Of course there will be no fear for those who trust in the Lord, for perfect love casts out fear (1st John 4:18). There will be no embarrassment and no regret, for it will have been replaced with unshakable peace. Lift the curse under which you live; do not put your trust in man or depend on flesh for your strength. Turn your heart back toward God and find your worth in Him.

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