The messages of our culture and this world are so strong. They are so in your face. We are literally bombarded by lies every day. If we are not very careful, these messages will begin to creep into our thinking. Without even realizing it, we are no longer trusting the words of God. It makes me think of Jeremiah 17:5-8:
"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.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." (emphasis added)
When we trust in man, our hearts are turned away from the Lord. The very life is taken out of us! It's the picture of a bush dried up in the desert.
But when we trust in the Lord, and our confidence is in Him, we are strong and steady and full of life. It's the picture of a gorgeous tree planted by the water—its source of life!
When I read these verses I ask myself, "Are you the bush or the tree?" And I think we all need to ask ourselves this question. One is cursed, and one is blessed. One will not see any fruit, and one will never fail to bear fruit.
The wind of this world will blow you around like a tumbleweed, until you're dried out in the desert. But the truth of God's Spirit will feed you and sustain you and cause you to be full of life.