September 17, Reading 2 – Jeremiah 17


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SAA Notes

Verse 4 is one to ponder. We often blame God or someone else for loss in status, life, health, position. Verses 7-8 reiterate the message of Psalm 1. Write out verses 9 and 10 and place them on your fridge! The Glory of Worship and the Sabbath Day are other themes that challenge our attitudes.

SJA Notes

* God Above, please teach us more of who You are today, please remind us of our great need for You.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

We are broken. You can’t get around it. You cannot have a big enough brain, a strong enough arm, or a mighty enough spirit to fix this problem.

We are broken without the ability to fix ourselves.

We are sinners, and as we have seen in Jeremiah, sinners in the hands of a God who is angry at sin.

What is the solution?

Here God gives us an answer that resonates throughout all scripture.

Where is our trust placed?

“Cursed is the man who trust in man …”

We either place our trust in fallen humanity, or,

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, …”

It is where our trust is placed in that helps us understand the solution to our heart-problem.

Only God can fix us. We cannot trust in any other thing.

So a question for us today, as we read this passage, is – Am I placing my trust for all of life, the big things, the little things, the in-between things; am I trusting in the Creator God?

* Father God,

Thank You for saving us from curse.

Thank You that in You we find blessing.

Please help us place our trust in You today, moment by moment as the days unfold, growing closer to You each day.


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