Don’t waste your life by being negative. . Things may not always go the way you want them to, but you must focus on the good rather than the bad. See life as a gift from God and live each day like it’s your last.
Don’t waste the gifts God has given you. The person that buried their talent were afraid, but it wasn’t the right kind of fear. True reverence and fear for God will cause you to speak up even if your voice shakes, it will cause you to take the leap even if you see no way it will work.
Don’t waste the relationships God has placed in your life. What you respect and honor will move toward you. What you disrespect and dishonor will move away from you. Every single relationship God has given you has a divine purpose. While you have them in your life, learn what they can teach you and enjoy them for who they are.
Don’t waste the grace God has given you. When God reveals to you a tiny glimpse of His purpose for your life, there’s grace to do what He has showed you. Do what you can with what’s in your hands, and God will cause all grace to abound toward you. You have everything you need to fulfill God’s divine purpose for your life.
Jeremiah draws a sharp contrast between those who depend on human strength and those who depend on the living God. He makes it clear that we cannot look to both as our supreme basis of trust; we will either put our hope in the promises and power of people, or we will look beyond human capability to the person and promises of God. When we make people the basis of our confidence, we experience rejection and disappointment again and again. But when God becomes the ultimate source of our confidence, we are never let down.
Habakkuk learned that “the righteous person will live by his faithfulness” (Habakkuk 2:4), and he was not talking about faith in others. “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25). Those who put more confidence in themselves or in other people than in God will find bitterness and disappointment in the end. They may appear to prosper for a season, but the journey will not get them to their desired goals. But those who transfer their trust from themselves or the promises of others to the Lord discover that their lives are deeply rooted in well-watered soil. The Lord declares that “Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained” (1 Samuel 2:30).
In what areas of your life (e.g., business, finances, health, family) are you depending more on yourself and others than on God?
Jeremiah 17:5 Thus says the Lord:“Cursed is the man who trusts in manand makes flesh his strength,whose heart turns away from the Lord.6 He is like a shrub in the desert,and shall not see any good come.He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,in an uninhabited salt land.7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,whose trust is the Lord.8 He is like a tree planted by water,that sends out its roots by the stream,and does not fear when heat comes,for its leaves remain green,and is not anxious in the year of drought,for it does not cease to bear fruit.”