Thursday, October 29, 2009
That title sounds a bit ominous doesn't it? No, this is not about the evils of Halloween or the evils of living in this world. This post is about what God considers two evils that His people have committed. Here they are:
1. "They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters."
2. "(They have) hewn (made) themselves cisterns-broken cisterns that can hold no water
What does it mean to forsake God? How about to forget Him or look over Him. So what have we overlooked? The fact that God is the source of living water. He is the only one that can quench our thirsting soul (John 4:10). What do we mean by living water? There is a lot of stuff out there today that promises satisfaction, but leaves you more miserable then when you started. Only Christ can satisfy the deepest longing of your heart. Why would anyone drink from the living water and then stop? Glad you asked.
The second thing that is evil is the making of "buckets" that will not hold water. The real issue is not the making of a new bucket, but rather ignoring the fact that the living water is leaking out the bottom.So, the question needs to be asked, why do we leak? Because the trials of this life will puncture our "bucket". What can I do to keep from leaking? Allow God to show me where the leaks are and prayerfully repair the leaks. It seems to me that to summarize this verse would be something like this.
It is an evil thing to forget God who is the only source of what we really need and then try to find buckets that are broken to hold water. Seems pretty foolish doesn't it? Why would anyone go to a well that is empty with a broken bucket? The only reason that I could think of would be pride. We are too proud to say that we need God, and we are too proud to acknowledge that our bucket has a hole in it.
Could I challenge you today to cry out to God and tell Him how much you need what He has? Further still could I ask you to confess (agree with) to God that you have a hole in your bucket and you can't fix it alone. Once you come back to a well that satisfies and have a bucket that holds water now you are in business.