Cursed or Blessed?  


 

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is,” Jeremiah 17:7.

I will readily admit that I am not much of a gardener. Horticulture is not my area of expertise. But I do try. This past summer I planted some nice shrubs in my backyard and expected them to grow and thrive. There was only one problem. Plants need water and good soil to grow. The east Texas summers where I live can be pretty brutal and my lovely plants turned brown and died. They were cursed. I do not know if it was the brutal Texas drought or the poor skill of the gardener, but those shrubs never stood a chance!

In today’s passage we are told that a man who places his trust in people and not in God is cursed. He is like the plant that is placed in the desert, much like my shrubs, utterly hopeless. To be cursed means that a person is constantly affected with adversity. Like a plant in the desert, the brutal relentlessness of the curse will eventually destroy.

But blessed is the man who places his trust in the Lord!

To be blessed is the opposite of cursed. We see that a blessed man is like the tree that is planted near waters (verse 8). To be blessed is to live a life that is jam-packed with good stuff. God is the One who gets to define what that good stuff is, and as much as we would like to pick and chose our blessings, it is not determined by our desires. But you can rest assured that it is still good stuff.

 

JUST ASKING

Would you consider yourself blessed or cursed?

Nathan Rogers

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