Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NKJV)
5 Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Choices abound… indeed.
I don’t know everything but if the Creator of ALL things lays it out plainly, I think the choice is quite obvious.
God doesn’t force us. His Holy Spirit gently woos and leads us. Like a man pursuing a woman, no true and genuine love could ever be the fruit of coercion.
It is in one’s power to choose, but choose wisely.
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