I read this verse in Jeremiah and it struck a chord with me. Please, please, please don’t read this as me coming off as judgmental because this can apply to any of us at any point in our lives. I’ve for sure been a Debbie Downer in certain situations but as I read this Bible verse below, I couldn’t help but think of a friend of mine who is virtually always negative about everything.
“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.”
My friend is definitely a “glass is half empty” type of person. On the positive side, though, if you win the lottery and need someone to tell you why that sucks, he’s your man. 🙂 All joking aside, he really can find something to complain about in almost any scenario. So when I read the verse in Jeremiah, I thought of him. I don’t think my friend is a Christian, so the part that reads, “he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places…” really had me thinking. But just to be very real, this could apply to Christians, also. Sometimes it’s just human nature to not really see the good when it comes our way. But in this context, the words are just devastatingly real. Without God, life is the Arabah… a desert. You may be a tree (the Juniper), but you’re in a dry land and you’re alone. As I’m just thinking out loud, I’m remembering the reference to Christ-followers being like a tree planted by the water. How vivid is that imagery given this picture from Jeremiah of the lone tree in the desert? Interesting.
My friend can, and will, find fault in the most full glass– it’s not the right flavor or it’s too full or he didn’t even ask for a glass full of anything– maybe that’s just his personality, I don’t know. But I hurt for him sometimes. I just wish he’d see the good things he has going on… and better yet, find the Living Water 😉
-Out of the Wilderness