Prayer: May my trust be in you, O Lord. Amen.
Reading: Jeremiah 17: 5-10 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: This verse reminds us who we should trust. Trust in humans? No. Trust God. Jeremiah paints a pretty good picture of what you will be like if you trust God. You’ll be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. You shall not fear when heat comes, and your leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought you will not be anxious, and you will bear fruit.
I wonder if we should think about this also in terms of reasoning. Don’t trust human reasoning. Trust God’s reasoning. It reminds me of my favorite proverb: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge God, and God will make straight your paths.
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