“In Living Water” (Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8, HCSB) by Carley Evans


The negative is presented first — “the man who trusts in mankind, who makes human flesh his strength and turns his heart from the Lord is cursed. He is like a juniper in the Arabah; he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land where no one lives.” (Jeremiah 17: 5 – 6)

Cursed is the one who puts his trust in mankind. This man is cursed even when good circumstances surround him. He is incapable of appreciating the good in his life.

Blessed is the one who puts his trust in the Lord. “He is like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots outward toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It does not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.”

The blessings come despite outward circumstances because the root is watered by the stream — Jesus is living water. Despite difficult situations in life, the man who trusts in God appreciates the good within.

Rejoice in the Lord! I say it again, rejoice you who trust in the Lord!