A Hebrew Prophet on the Presidential Debate

Jeremiah 17

5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.
8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

If you haven’t been keeping track, there is a pretty big debate tonight between two men who share a common goal. Both Mitt and Barack would like your vote to serve as President of the United States for the next four years. I’ll be watching, with probably around 70 million others tonight, as these men debate issues that greatly affect the future of our nation.

At the end of the night there will be one winner (but the debate will continue as to who it was), but even more importantly, three weeks from today tens of millions will cast votes which will elect one of these men to fill this extremely vital role for the next four years. If you care about this issue, which I hope you do, you may feel a bit of angst, fear, or worry when you think about the outcome.

I want to encourage you to care about these issues. But at the same time I want to warn you to beware of fear. Here is a shocker for you: Mitt and Barack are both humans. They both have sin issues in their lives. They will both make a number of mistakes in judgment in whatever post they serve in during the next term. You can choose to care and be involved and pray, and you should do all of these things. But at your foundation, pay close attention to where you place your TRUST.

As Jeremiah revealed the words of God, the intrinsic connection between trust and worship is clear:

Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.

A few things from this verse:
1) The man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength has a heart that is turned away from the Lord.
2) This leads to a life that is cursed.
3) To be cursed is the opposite of being blessed.

Life lived trusting in flesh looks like this:

He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

1) It’s a dry existence.
2) It’s empty.
3) The wilderness was recognized as a place of wandering aimlessly, disconnected from relationship with God.
4) An “uninhabited salt land” was a place where fields were salted to keep vegetation from coming up. It’s a place where nothing grows.

What is the alternative to “trusting in flesh?”

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

A life of trust in the Lord isn’t absent of struggles or sufferings, but it’s not defined by them. When heat comes it doesn’t bring fear. When drought happens there is no anxiety. Why? Because the source of fruitfulness (life) isn’t outside circumstance, but inner reality. When you trust in the Lord, when God is your source, life is blessed and free no matter who wins the debate.

I care about what happens tonight, and I will prayerfully approach the next 3 weeks in our nation. But I’m not going to lose a minute of sleep over this election cycle. With a newborn in the house right now I don’t have a lot of that to spare anyway.

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About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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2 Responses to A Hebrew Prophet on the Presidential Debate

  1. bob metcalf says:

    Excellent word/seed and it brings to fruit some things I’ve been studying just today in regards to dry places! 😀 Just a coincidence?

    May I add from Barnes;
    “The wild beasts of the desert – There is in the original here a paronomasia, which cannot be conveyed in a translation. The word rendered, ‘wild beasts of the desert’ (ציים tsı̂yı̂ym), is rendered by the Septuagint, δαιμόνια daimonia, ‘demons.’ On the meaning of the word, see the note at Isaiah 13:21”
    The Hebrews believed that dry desert places were the haunts of demons. Is 34:14

    Jesus said;
    “When an demon goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Mt 12:43

    “Lord Jesus, may we fully TRUST in you and may we drink from your wells of salvation continually!” Is 12:3

  2. asenath41 says:

    Thank you for this Godly reminder of who our hope should be in, and not to go into a fear mode concerning the election. Much prayer has and is going on in behalf of our nation at this time, and we must remember that God hears us and answers prayers of righteous people. Let us be faithful now, and in the future, as well, in behalf of our leaders. Our hope is in the Lord! Jer17:7-8

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