The Blessed Woman Trusts in God
What does it look like to be a woman spiritually alive, trusting in the Lord, and passionate about her faith? During the next few days, we will dig into Jeremiah 17 and uncover the characteristics of a blessed woman who understands what matters in life.
Daily emails will alternate between study questions designed to guide you through the verses and seek what the Lord has for you to learn with a short reflection, sharing what the Lord has revealed to me as I sought Him for those very same verses. I am excited to dig into Jeremiah 17 together and learn more about becoming a blessed woman!
Open your Bible to Jeremiah 17 and read verses 1-8. This section of Jeremiah is known as an Oral Sermon. It’s the Old Testament version of a Sunday morning sermon. Jeremiah preached this message of repentance to the people.
He opens chapter 17 with these words, “The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars.”
This phrase is a metaphor, a non-literal figure-of-speech, depicting the condition of the human heart. Jeremiah is communicating to the people that the human heart is so hard and disobedient that rebellion is engraved upon it with a diamond, one of the hardest known materials in the world.
Jeremiah preaches this Word from God to these rebellious people, opening verse 5 with Thus says the Lord. Pay attention to the contrast given.
Jeremiah 17:5-8: Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Pray: Lord, as I ponder your Word, please speak to me through the power of your Spirit. Reveal to me what you desire to teach me. I invite you to soften my rebellious heart, open blind eyes, and convict me as necessary. Teach me to love you more.
Begin by making some observations on the text. If you studied the passage yesterday, pull out your notes and answer the following questions.
- Who is speaking the words in verses 5-8, and what is being contrasted?
- Why is the first man cursed? What are the results of his actions (v5)?
- What are the dangers of trusting in your strength? Consider Hosea 10:13, “But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors …” (NIV)
- In what ways are you depending on your own strength or on your own wisdom right now?
- Why is the second man blessed and what are the results of his actions?
- Describe the blessed man according to Psalm 2:12, 34:8, 71:5, 125:1. Then, define the word “refuge” and explain what it would look like for you to “take refuge” in the Lord.
- In what ways and in what situations does our culture misplace trust and depend on manmade solutions?
- What manmade solutions tempt you to misplace your trust? What might it look like for you to trust in the Lord in those circumstances?
- The cursed man is described using a simile (a comparison using like or as) and then with a hyperbole (an exaggerated statement). Explain how both illustrations fill in the image of a cursed man with a man-centered trust?
Now that you have done your own study on these verses, I’m excited to share what I learned about the cursed and blessed man. Click here to view day three of The Blessed Woman.