Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Jeremiah 17:5

"Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord."
Jeremiah 17:5

When I was younger, scriptures like this used to bug me a lot. I think it was because it is so hard to trust anything *besides* the people around you. They are what you know, what you learn... growing up, that's what you have to trust. And in many ways, that's valid. We live in a world with other people, and if we didn't trust each other and if we didn't work together, then things would fall apart fast. We're supposed to learn to love and trust people. ... But I think that as I've (hopefully) matured and learned more in my life, I realize that this is a whole other kind of trusting. Not the small trust kind of thing, but the huge what-do-you-base-your-life-on kind of capital-T trust. What do we think about and what do we revert to when things go wrong. What is at the core, that we trust and hold on to more tightly than anything else? What is at the center of our hearts? And I think that is what we need to work on... not distrusting our friends or trying to deny the place that our families should take in our lives... but this is a good reminder that God should be the center. Not another person, no matter how much we love that person. Not a possession or a habit, or even a way of thinking of ourselves... lifestyle, body image, whatever it is. God is at the center of everything. The one who we can trust when everything else falls apart. And other things do. Families sometimes. People we love. Habits, Body images, lifestyles... all of it. When everything is gone, God is still there. Today, let's move aside some other things, and make sure God is where he should be. That when it comes to that deep capital-T type of trust, that we're relying on the one thing that will never die, fade, or melt down. Let's trust God with everything we have and are.

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