Jeremiah 17:5-10 ● Luke 16:19-31
“Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans, Who thinks he can make it on muscle alone and sets GOD aside as dead weight.
He’s like a tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth.
He lives rootless and aimless in a land where nothing grows.
“But blessed is the man who trusts me, GOD, the woman who sticks with GOD.
They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.
So often we go through our lives avoiding blatant and serious sin, but unaware that we have set God aside and are living under the illusion that we have things under control. Then a crisis comes, some storm or drought, that tests us. It can be a shock to realize how much we need God, but have neglected our relationship with him when things were going well.
What can you do today to put your roots down further into God?
Listen to spiritual music while you commute or do the dishes?
List 10 things you’re thankful for today? Spend a few extra minutes of quiet time with God?
Reprinted with permission. For more information about this booklet and Bible translation, please see TheMessageCatholic.com.