Bible Society of South Africa

40 DAYS – Time with God – Day 38


by Noelene Curry

Bible text(s)

Various Sayings

5The LORD says,

“I will condemn those

who turn away from me

and put their trust in human beings,

in the strength of mortals.

6They are like bushes in the desert,

which grow in the dry wilderness,

on salty ground where nothing else grows.

Nothing good ever happens to them.

7“But I will bless those

who put their trust in me.

8They are like trees growing near a stream

and sending out roots to the water.

They are not afraid when hot weather comes,

because their leaves stay green;

they have no worries when there is no rain;

they keep on bearing fruit.

9“Who can understand the human heart?

There is nothing else so deceitful;

it is too sick to be healed.

10I, the LORD, search human minds

and test human hearts.

I treat each one according to the way he lives,

according to what he does.”

11The person who gets money dishonestly

is like a bird that hatches eggs it didn't lay.

In the prime of life he will lose his riches,

and in the end he is nothing but a fool.

12Our Temple is like a glorious throne,

standing on a high mountain from the beginning.

13LORD, you are Israel's hope;

all who abandon you will be put to shame.

They will disappear like names written in the dust,

because they have abandoned you, the LORD,

the spring of fresh water.

Jeremiah Asks the LORD for Help

14LORD, heal me and I will be completely well; rescue me and I will be perfectly safe. You are the one I praise!

Jeremiah 17:5-14GNBOpen in Bible reader

Blessed is the One who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in the Lord. Such persons will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out 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. The tree endures all manner of hardships. Let us be able to trust like the tree. Do not let the world and it’s brief glory, distract you from being like the tree, filled with trust in what God offers us that we may be rooted and stand with God in all weather in which we find ourselves. Blessed is the One, who trusts in God’s creative ways of bringing faith into our lives in all circumstances.

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