Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 16, 2017

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

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 7.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now it came about in the days of Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Aram and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not conquer it.  When it was reported to the house of David, saying, “The Arameans have camped in Ephraim,” his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake with the wind.

Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway to the fuller’s field, and say to him, ‘Take care and be calm, have no fear and do not be fainthearted because of these two stubs of smoldering firebrands, on account of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and the son of Remaliah.  Because Aram, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has planned evil against you, saying, “Let us go up against Judah and terrorize it, and make for ourselves a breach in its walls and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” thus says the Lord God:  “It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass.  For the head of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin (now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people), and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.  If you will not believe, you surely shall not last.”’”  Isaiah 7:1-9.

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Ahaz, the king of Judah, received a precious promise from the LORD GOD that the intent of the king of Aram and the king of Israel to wage war against Judah and terrorize it and defeat it would not be accomplished:  “thus says the Lord God:  “It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass.”

But, such a promise also came with a warning from the LORD GOD:  “If you will not believe, you surely shall not last.”

We too receive precious promises of salvation from the LORD GOD.  Are we going to believe the LORD GOD and trust Him?  Or, are we going to trust in man?

Other doctrine trusts in man, man’s alleged free-will. man’s wisdom, man’s alliances with other men, and man’s works.

But, Reformed Doctrine trusts in God, God’s words, God’s will, God’s wisdom, and God’s works.

“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.

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