3/21/2019 LENTEN REFLECTION
[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.] (Jer. 17:5-8)
In whom or what do we trust? The prophet Jeremiah contrasts two vivid images for the Israelites and each of us.
In whom or what do i trust? More poignantly, from whom or what do I find my identity? Our identity and value is not the sum total of what we accomplish. Our identity is not found in public opinion. Nor is our identity a sexual orientation.
Our identity is not something fluid. It is not a reward earned. Our identity is a gift received from God our Father and never revoked.
We are children of God. He created and loves us. It is in accepting this,our true identity, that we flourish without fear or worry.
Take some time today and allow God to show you you’re identity. Give your heavenly Father the time and the space to love you.