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June 10, 2014, 2:35 PM

Cisterns that Hold No Water



Jeremiah 2:11-13

 “Has a nation changed gods     When they were not gods?     But My people have changed their glory     For that which does not profit.     “Be appalled, O heavens, at this,     And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the LORD.    “For My people have committed two evils:     They have forsaken Me,     The fountain of living waters,     To hew for themselves cisterns,     Broken cisterns     That can hold no water.

 

          We were created to enjoy God our maker. Everything that surrounds us is His, the earth, the heavens, the sea, and all that is in them. It is the corruption of sin that blinds us. It causes us to see ourselves, as well as all creation, as independent and self-existent. As we buy into this lie we begin to think that either we control our destiny or that there are other gods directing all existence. We create our own fictitious world. This is appalling!!!  Jeremiah speaks to this blindness in regard to Israel and Judah. When man is carried away like this it amounts to an exchange. In essence, man exchanges glory for something that is worthless. He exchanges something reliable and sustaining (his God), for something that is useless (a fairy tale).

          We must examine ourselves. What do we trust in today? Every aspect of our lives is to be governed by our relationship to our God. We look at the beautiful horizon and we see our God. When we are thankful, we are thankful to our God. When we experience pain or fear we run to our God. When we are uncertain we ask God. We search the scripture for truth. We long for His reality over sin corrupt fantasy.

          May it not be said of us: “They have forsaken Me,     The fountain of living waters,     To hew for themselves cisterns,     Broken cisterns     That can hold no water.”

 


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