FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
“My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
Jeremiah 2:13 ESV
RUNNING WITH SIN
David Posman was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island, after allegedly knocking out an armored car driver and stealing the closest 4 bags of money he could grab. It turned out they contained $800 in pennies, weighing 30 pounds each, and slowed him to a stagger during his getaway so that police officers easily jumped him from behind.
David Posman is not the first person to make the mistake of trying to run while being weighed down. In fact, it happens spiritually all the time. The thing that David thought would bring him wealth and happiness slowed him down in life. God told the prophet Jeremiah, that people have made “broken cisterns,” which are symbolic of trusting in sinful things to provide a good life. But those broken cisterns can’t really deliver the happiness we hoped for.
Can you think of things that you were so excited about when you first bought them or they were given to you but eventually the excitement wore off? It’s like buying the new car and eventually the new car smell goes away. There is nothing wrong with new things and being excited about them. The problem is when we try to use sinful things to satisfy God given longings. Is there a sinful habit or pattern in your life that you have become dependent on for satisfaction? If so, ask God to replace that sinful habit with a good one that provides healthy Christlike satisfaction.