Boasting of riches

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 49:4 which says,

Why do you boast of your valleys, boast of your valleys so fruitful? O unfaithful daughter, you trust in your riches and say,‘Who will attack me?’

If you remember in my post “trusting in the Lord” Moab was trusting in riches just like how the people in this verse (the Ammonites) were. But this verse says that the Ammonites were boasting about it, they were boasting in their valleys and in their riches. And the Ammonites were saying “who will attack me”, so clearly they thought everything was fine and that they would have riches and valleys forever. But there’s just one little thing about trusting in yourself, you always fail, no human can trust in themselves or their riches and get anywhere.

Have you ever heard the phrase “what goes up must come down”? Well that phrase applys to everyone who tries to trust in themselves or their riches. If their “rolling in the dough” or having it easy in life by trusting in themselves, well they have to come down again. But now that we’ve established that we can’t trust in ourselves and get anywhere, then what do we do?

Well we trust in God. How is that going to help? Let me explain. Not only are we not able to trust in ourselves to be rich or anything like that, but we are all by nature sinners. And by our own power we can’t stop. But that is where Jesus comes in. Jesus was (and is) God’s son (although He is also God because God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are 3 in 1) and so He was (and is) perfect. How does Jesus being perfect help? Well to atone for our sins we needed to be perfect or to have a perfect sacrifice, and Jesus was that sacrifice.

Jesus came down from Heaven to atone for our sins by dying on the cross. But because He was (and is) perfect why would He die on a cross? Well the Pharisees were jealous so they scared Pilate into crucifying Jesus by telling him that they would tell Ceaser. Anyway Jesus died for our sins on the cross.

So the question is, why would Jesus die for our sins? John 3:16 tells us that:

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)

Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins on the cross, that is amazing.

Are you trusting in Jesus’ amazing sacrifice?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

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