Day 2: Jeremiah 2: 1-19
“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” (Jeremiah 2:13).
Jeremiah is now reflecting on how Israel forsake God even though He delivered them out of Egypt and provided them with everything that they needed. The picture is painted of how God did everything for them and He even proposes the question “what fault did your ancestors find with Me that caused you to stray so far away from Me?” (v. 5) The answer is nothing; God showed Himself to be faithful and constant yet they rebelled against Him. You can imagine God thinking I don’t get it! People who worship gods that aren’t even gods at all remain faithful to these things even though they do absolutely nothing for them yet My people have exchanged Me to worship false idols (v11). Those same idols that did not deliver them out of Egypt, that did not provide them with manna from heaven, that did not part the red sea when Pharaoh’s army came to kill them. Yet they turned away from the very God that did to worship a god that didn’t. Crazy, right?
As we read through the next couple of chapters on the unfaithfulness of both Judah and Israel it’s important to not just look and them and go ugh they’re so trifling and I can’t believe they did God like that! The reality is that we are all in the same boat or have been in the same boat as far as rebelling against God and being unfaithful towards Him. The importance of reading this is to learn from their mistakes and to understand the importance of repentance for our sin. As I looked down at the note in my life application study bible for verse two it said “Think about your original commitment to obey God, and ask yourself if you are remaining truly devoted.” Can you say heart and life check?!? Are we remaining truly devoted to the commitment that we made to God or have we, just as the Israelites, exchanged our God for the gods of this world (money, people, jobs, material things, etc.)? As long as we’re chasing after the things of this world we will continue to come up empty. God said “my people have forsaken Me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Don’t you get it? Everything that you try to do outside of God it just won’t work. The thing about broken cisterns is that they have cracks so no matter how much water you put into it won’t last because it will continue to leak and it will eventually come up empty. You will waste your time continuing to add water to it only for it to continue to come up empty. You’ll continue to put time into that relationship that doesn’t honor God and it seems like you keep investing time, money, and energy yet you keep coming up empty. You continue to put in all this time and effort at a job yet you still don’t feel satisfied. You keep giving and pouring into things and people but it seems like you give and give and give but you continue to come up empty and you just don’t get it. A broken cistern can’t hold water; until you stop trying to take matters into your own hands and until you learn to be obedient to God and allow Him to be the spring of living water in your life you will continue to come up empty.
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