Monday, January 18, 2010

Encouragement: Where our Hope and Confidence should be?

The human heart can not thrive without something tohope for and something in whom we can place our confidence. God alone is able to perfectly fufill both needs. Placing our hope and confidence in him will help our spiritual lives to flourish.

The Lord told this to His people long ago. As enemies threatened the nation of Judah, many turned to Egypt and other human powers for deliverance. But the Lord declared: "Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives. But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they grow right on producing delicious fruit." (jeremiah 17:5-8).

Placing our hope and confidence in anything but God is like expecting a tree to flourish in a barren desert. Our thirst continues because people are unable to satisfy our deepest needs. But placing our hope in the Lord changes everything, for Jesus said, " The water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life " (John 4:14).

Be Encouraged,

A.Othniel
(www.aothniel.net)

Letter # 03 (17. 1. 2010)