“This is what the Lord says: The man who trusts in mankind, who makes human flesh his strength and turns his heart from the Lord is cursed. He will be like a juniper in the Arabah; he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land where no one lives. The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:5-8 HCSB
“Announce to them: Hear the word of the Lord, kings of Judah, all Judah, and all the residents of Jerusalem who enter through these gates. This is what the Lord says: Watch yourselves; do not pick up a load and bring it in through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. You must not carry a load out of your houses on the Sabbath day or do any work, but you must consecrate the Sabbath day, just as I commanded your ancestors. They wouldn’t listen or pay attention but became obstinate, not listening or accepting discipline. “However, if you listen to Me, says the Lord, and do not bring loads through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day and consecrate the Sabbath day and do no work on it, kings and princes will enter through the gates of this city. They will sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses with their officials, the men of Judah, and the residents of Jerusalem. This city will be inhabited forever.”
Jeremiah 17:20-25 HCSB
I love the first set of verses because they speak so deeply to me personally. So much of Jeremiah, to this point at least, has been surrounding Israel’s following after worthless idols. Then I read this and think – trusting in my own hands, or others is on par with chasing after idols. In fact, it is coming to me – the Lord hates idols, and He warns against the love of money, because at the end of the day He wants us to seek after Him and Him alone. He is our provider. He wants to be our provider and He desires us to trust fully in Him for EVERYTHING.
The second set of verses – regarding the Sabbath feed into this as well. Observing the Sabbath is so important because it is showing that we trust in Him entirely. Working on the Sabbath, in those days especially, is a way of saying that we need to continuously work to build our wealth when in fact we just need to trust in Him.