From Pastor’s Desk:
Jeremiah 17:5 This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.”
Paul writes in Romans 7:18, “…I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” In Romans 3:10 he cites Isaiah ((41:26) by saying, “There is none righteous, no, not one.”
The Hebrew word “cursed” in Jeremiah 17:5 is a horrible word. It means: to execrate, which means, to declare to be evil or detestable: denounce 2: to detest utterly.
Whether you’re trust lies in yourself or someone else, with all ingenuity, intellect, brawn, might, etc. available, it is, at best, ill placed.
Who, in their right mind, wants to be thought of by God and all that is righteous and holy, as cursed? Quite the contrary, we are rather to strive after perfection and holiness, as God is perfect and holy.
When one turns away from God to go in search of strength aside from that which is in God, he is to be declared evil or detestable and denounced.
Not a pretty picture!