Thursday: July 23, 2020
Jeremiah 2:13 My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
People believe in their own abilities and so have a can do attitude suggestive of ‘I am my own person and I don’t need you. This was the place Israel found themselves in today’s text.
And the thought of independence can become the reason we refuse help which we really ought to receive. Mind you, we cannot close our minds to the reality that one must desire to put in hard work to achieve goals and dreams, however there comes a point in a person’s life when it becomes more than just a one man show and a flaunting of what one can do.
God’s complaint against Israel was this ‘you have abandoned me, the he fountain of living water and have opted to dig your own cisterns’. Unfortunately, those cisterns were leaking and couldn’t hold any water, making their construction a job done in futility. Beloved, trading a fountain for a leaking cistern is a bad tradeoff, but for a nation and a people interested in establishing their own independence, they can very easily be blinded by their pride and so stand in their boastfulness to choose the option that shows off what they can do on their own.
Sweetheart, God does not doubt your gifts and abilities, the reality is He put them there and so knows how wonderful they are and how much of an impact they can have on kingdom advancement. But don’t let those gifts cloud your judgement to still hold in view that ‘our sufficiency remains of God’. It is true God has given us every good and perfect gift, yet apart from Him we can do nothing. These might seem like contrasts, however they go a long way to enforce that we need God.