The Importance of Trusting in God

Jeremiah 17:5–8

5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Drs. Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet wrote:

“Man’s ultimate trust must forever be in the Lord God. Man’s foundation must always be the Rock of Christ; otherwise the winds and storms of adversity will bring one’s house of faith to a fall, leaving only a heap of rubble (see Helaman 5:12). ‘Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath [juniper tree] in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, . . . neither shall cease from yielding fruit’ (Jeremiah 17:5–8.).”

(Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 4 vols. [1987–92], 1:344.)

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