Would you rather be cursed or blessed? I dare say almost – if not all – of us would choose blessings over curses.
But the sad truth is that at times all of us actually choose curses.
The Bible teaches two choices for how a person can live her life. It’s laid out really clear for us in Jeremiah.
This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert with no hope for the future.
They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land.
7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8 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 never stop producing fruit.
The choice seems like a no-brainer, yet again and again I end up relying on myself or other people rather than putting my trust, hope, and confidence in God alone.
Why do I do that? Why would I choose stunted growth and a future with no hope over a healthy, fruitful life?
Curses or blessings? Death or life? The choice is simple, but not easy. I long to fully and always trust God, but my sinful human flesh keeps popping up. “You can handle this just fine.” “God wouldn’t take care of it the way you want.” “God is really dragging His feet on this one.”
Today I purposefully choose to trust in God and not in myself. Today, I choose to remember who measures the oceans in the palm of His hand and weighs the mountains on a scale. Today I choose blessings.
What about you? In what situations do you find it hardest to trust in God?