Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
and make mere flesh their strength,
whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
They shall be like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
and it does not cease to bear fruit.
The heart is devious above all else;
it is perverse—
who can understand it?
I the Lord test the mind
and search the heart,
to give to all according to their ways,
according to the fruit of their doings.
– Jeremiah 17:5-10
There are two paths in life – the path of curse and that of blessing. The path to blessing leads to abundance and is based on trusting God, but our hearts deceive us all the time. The spiritual journey is about asking God to search our hearts. When we can understand our hearts better, then our path of life – our life calling – will become clearer for each moment.
Lord, may I discern what I need to do at each moment of each day as you continue to search my heart and reveal to me what is in it. Amen.