Life Above Your Circumstances
Jeremiah 17:5-8: Life Above Your Circumstances
Thus says the LORD:
"Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit." (Jeremiah 17:5-8 ESV)
This world leaves you out to dry, but if you make the Lord your confidence, you will know abundant life that is not controlled by your circumstances.
Jeremiah prophesied in a day where people were putting their confidence in the world. Just like today and at every point in human history, those who were trusting in man were being failed by the very things they had put their confidence in. They were being left out to dry.
Jeremiah was trying to draw their attention to the only sure confidence—the Lord himself. The exile was imminent. It was going to happen, but the circumstance of exile did not have to control their life. They could still have hope, joy even, in the midst of the worst of circumstances, because God sits enthroned above our circumstances, unchanging in his goodness and his steadfast love toward his people.
This world offers many false hopes, and they all fail you.
- Politics offer the false hope of deliverance.
- Health offers the false hope of immortality.
- Wealth offers the false hope of security.
The Lord is sure, and he gives abundant life that is not dependent on what is happening in the world.
- He sustains you in the trial with hope and joy.
- He makes your life glorious—even in the year of drought.
- Make Jesus your confidence.
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" (John 7:37-38 ESV)
- Plant yourself in the Lord.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (John 15:4 ESV)
- Do not fear.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4 ESV)
- Endure in fruitful living.
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10 ESV)
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