Trusting in the Lord brings peace; relying on 'flesh' results in chaos

In Jer. 17:5-8, a contrast is drawn between the man who "maketh flesh his arm and whose heart departeth from the Lord," and the man who is blessed because he "trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is."

Elaborating on that contrast, Elder ElRay L. Christiansen, an Assistant to the Twelve, said at October 1964 general conference:"Some people attempt to find solace in esoteric intellectual pursuits, while still others seek a haven of security in untried ideologies and man-made formulas.

" . . . This misplaced trust is contributing to the chaotic conditions of our day. Truly it may be said that these last days are exhibiting more than ever the blatant power and force of Satan.

" . . . How may we in our short lifetime prepare to reach the greatest heights? Is it by placing our trust in the wisdom and power and the abilities of man? No!

"This is not to minimize the almost unbelievable accomplishments which man had made in conquering his environment and in subduing the earth. But to conquer and subdue the earth is futile if we fail to conquer and subdue ourselves and to place our trust in the Lord.

"To you who are sorrowing, to you who are discouraged, to you who are in doubt, to you who need help - Jesus gave the answer to the question, where shall I place my trust? as He closed His sermon to the multitude and voiced his great message to the rest of the downtrodden:

" `Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

" `Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

" `For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.' (Matt. 11:28-30.)"

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