Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 4, 2015

“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind … Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 16.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+16&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from going out or coming in to Asa king of Judah. 2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the Lord and the king’s house, and sent them to Ben-hadad king of Aram, who lived in Damascus, saying, 3 “Let there be a treaty between you and me, as between my father and your father.  Behold, I have sent you silver and gold;  go, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so that he will withdraw from me.”  4 So Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and they conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel-maim and all the store cities of Naphtali.  5 When Baasha heard of it, he ceased fortifying Ramah and stopped his work.  6 Then King Asa brought all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber with which Baasha had been building, and with them he fortified Geba and Mizpah.

7 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you have relied on the king of Aram and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Aram has escaped out of your hand.  8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubim an immense army with very many chariots and horsemen?  Yet because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand.  9 For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.  You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”  2 Chronicles 16:1-9.

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“5 Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
8 “For he 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.”  Jeremiah 17:5-8.

“13 O Lord, the hope of Israel,
All who forsake You will be put to shame.
Those who turn away on earth will be written down,
Because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the Lord.
14 Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;
Save me and I will be saved,
For You are my praise.”  Jeremiah 17:13-14.

Other doctrine may pay some amount of lip service to God, but it turns away to trust in mankind.

But, Reformed Doctrine recognizes in its first point of “Total Depravity” in “TULIP” that there is no hope in mankind and that from the beginning to the end its hope and trust must solely be in the LORD.  Throughout “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, Reformed Doctrine thoroughly trusts in the LORD.


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