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This is what the LORD says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
     who draws strength from mere flesh
     and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
     they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
     in a salt land where no one lives.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
     whose confidence is in him.” —
Jeremiah 17:5–7

People can choose to put their faith in humanity.
Moreover, people can indeed achieve the results
they were looking for. Doctors cured loved ones,
friends got them a new job. However, these people
will miss the truth that it was God who did these
great things for them and that those people involved
in helping them were merely God’s messengers.
They might have gotten what they wanted, but
Jeremiah says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh . . .”

Ultimately, these people have won the battle but lost
the war because their “heart turns away from the
LORD.” Their trust in humanity has created distance
from God. This is the “curse” of trusting in humanity.
It pushes a person farther from the Lord.

I want to encourage us to hold tightly to our faith
 whether things work out the way we want or not. We
never lose with faith. Either we get what we asked for
or we get something even better — closeness to God.
This kind of closeness and deep faith is an invaluable
gift; one that will make our entire lives more peaceful,
joyful, and meaningful.

With prayers for shalom, peace,
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

(from Holy Land Moments)

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