by: Wesley Thomas
Verse of the Day, April 13, 2020
Jeremiah 17:7 CSB: "The person who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD, is blessed."
We often say "Have a blessed day" or "praying for you to have a blessed day," without thinking of how we can ensure someone truly does have a blessed day. Jeremiah 17:5-8 lends us guidelines for helping each other have a blessed day.
Judah (God's people, who should trust God) have taken God's blessings for granted. Jeremiah 17:1-4 reveals how serious ingratitude toward God becomes: "For you have kindled a fire in My anger Which will burn forever" (NASB). Let's remember a blessed day begins with an attitude of gratitude for yesterday's blessings, which we have already received from God.
Father God, thank you for gracious salvation. Lord Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice that provides my salvation and salvation for all those I am praying for today. Holy Spirit, thank you for enabling me to see God's blessings and use them for Jesus' glory and the good of others and myself. Lord, today I pray, we remember "Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord" (Jeremiah 17:5). Lord, I pray that everyone on my prayer list and everyone I say "have a blessed day" to will realize that without depending on you, they are like a "bush in the desert, and will not see prosperity when it comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without habitation" (Jeremiah 17:6).
Lord, I pray that I, all those I know, and those we minister to will consciously, solemnly, continually, trust in you. Lord, we acknowledge and accept this truth: "Blessed is the man (person) who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For [they] will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit" (Jere 17:8). Lord, thank you for blessing me with the opportunity to see the fruits of your blessings, today.
Lord, I consider my day blessed, when I lay down at night, examine my day and find that my heart has not deceived me into trusting in myself more than in your grace toward me. Thank you Jesus, I trust you to search my heart, test my mind, forgive me for any ingratitude, so that I may flourish in an attitude of gratitude (Jeremiah 17:9; 12-18). Thank you for the blessed day, we are about to have. In Jesus' name, amen.