One of the lessons we learned in studying Isaiah is that looking for spiritual principles and visualizing images used by the authors help us apply the Bible to our hearts and everyday actions. The whole Bible deals with the same principles and points us always to Jesus, our Savior.
As you read these two passages, remember that David wrote around 1000 BC, Isaiah in the early 700’s BC, while Jeremiah wrote in the years leading up to 586 BC. Years apart, but their main idea is the same. Paul wrote to the Galatians (in Turkey) about 49AD. That’s more than 1000 years after Psalm 146!
What is the spiritual principle in these passages? What is the image to help you remember it? How can you apply it to your life today?
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the LORD.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,…” Jeremiah17:5-6
“Praise the LORD, O my soul! While I live I will praise the LORD:
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a human being, in whom there is no salvation.
His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;….” Psalm 146:1-6
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is the LORD.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
“I say then, Walk in the Spirit,…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:16 and 22
“And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” Romans 5:11
Are we dry shrubs blown by the wind? Or flourishing trees –continuing to be kind, patient, loving, joyful. Our hope should only be in the LORD, the same Creator who guided Paul, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and David.
Walk in the Spirit by looking to the Holy Spirit to guide and direct you through His Word. Do not trust in the ideas, fads, celebs, doctors, or governments of the world! Is your heart stirred to love God more…this One who created the cosmos and remains the same today–with us–as He was with these now-famous people of centuries ago?