Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
More tortuous than all else is the human heart,
beyond remedy; who can understand it?
I, the LORD, alone probe the mind
and test the heart,
To reward everyone according to his ways,
according to the merit of his deeds.
Where do you seek your strength? This world teaches us that we should seek our strength in ourselves, our intellect, our abilities, our work, etc. We are taught from a young age that we control our own destiny. So we are programmed to think that not only do we determine our future, but we also determine our own happiness.
But Jeremiah teaches us that when we turn away from the Lord and trust in human beings, we are going to dry up and waste away spiritually. I believe that a large majority of people in this world are a barren desert spiritually. Our hearts are restless and we don’t even realize it because it is what we are used to feeling. We have no idea what to look for because we don’t even realize that we need to look for something.
Jeremiah teaches us rightly that only God can fulfill our deepest desires. When we plant ourselves by the Lord in prayer and study, our leaves will never dry up; they will remain green forever. We will find true and lasting peace. We will need to look no further because our hearts will find rest. We don’t need anything that the world has to offer us for Jesus satisfies our every desire.
It saddens me when I speak to someone and they don’t even realize that they are seeking God. Our culture has become so secular and God has been removed from most facets of society that we don’t realize that we are lost. Our restless hearts continue to search the culture for something to satisfy its infinite desire. We look to shopping, alcohol, pornography, relationships, drugs, work and many other things to try to satisfy the aching of our hearts. But of course, none of these things can truly fill us.
St. Augustine said, “My heart is restless until it rests in thee, Lord.”
Is your heart restless?
Are you seeking something finite to fill the infinite desires of your heart?
Take some quiet time today, even just a few minutes, to talk to Jesus. Ask Him to fill your deepest desires of the heart. Invite Him to abide in your soul. Pay attention to your heart. When your heart is restless, drop to your knees in prayer, instead of seeking something to dull the pain. Jesus is waiting for you to turn to Him. His grace is waiting to fill you. And His grace is abundant and overflowing when we invite Him in.