“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.”

Jeremiah 17:5

The bible speaks about departure – the heart’s departure from the Lord, shifting our trust from God onto other things. The scripture uses the word: “cursed”. In Hebrew the word used is: “aroor”, which means condemned, as in someone who doesn’t have a single blessing in his life.

The bible tell us that Yeshua took on Himself all the curses and condemnation, and in return He released His blessings. In the light of the New Testament we can really see this scripture explained as someone who will not enjoy all the blessings God indented for you to have if your heart departs from the Lord and you put your trust in other things, such as: government assistance, politicians, the world’s resources, etc. But when my hearts trusts in the Lord, a shift will take place in me — I will pray for my country, for my political leaders, but I will always know that my hope and help come only from God. That’s why verse 7 says: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is the Lord.”

Trust is “tik’vah” in Hebrew, something similar to hope. When your tik’vah (trust and hope) is in the Lord alone.

I pray that we will continuously check our hearts, and make sure that in our hearts we trust the Lord. We pray for our work, for our business, for our government – but we do not rely on those things, our hope is in the Lord alone, because He is the true source of our blessings. When we do that, we ensure that we are truly and genuinely blessed, as the bible calls us.