Today's Devotional Thought
June 21, 2010 by Rachel Piferi
A Wandering Problem
Have you ever noticed how people throughout the Old Testament had a wandering problem? Throughout the Old Testament, we see God being faithful to His people time and time again and yet, they repeatedly wandered. They chased other things, other people, and other gods. Even though the one true God was always faithful to them, they repeatedly wandered. Have you ever been guilty of that? Do you have a wandering problem?
In the book of Jeremiah, we see the prophet Jeremiah bringing God’s words to His people. We read about how God’s chosen people have turned away from their God and have begun to worship their own idols. Jeremiah 2:13 says, “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.”
In this beautiful analogy we see that God’s chosen people have turned away from Him, their only true source of fulfillment and contentment and living water, and have begun searching for fulfillment in other things. And, these other things are broken cisterns; they will never bring complete fulfillment or life.
What are the broken cisterns in your life? What are those things that you are drinking from to gain satisfaction and fulfillment in this life instead of God? Is it your job? Your children? Your spouse? Your friends? Your talents? Your possessions? Your reputation? Your beauty or health?
What broken cistern are you drinking from, hoping to be satisfied and filled up?
I John 5:21 very clearly states that we should keep ourselves from idols. And, we are instructed to keep ourselves from idols because they will never fill us up. They will never fulfill us, complete us, or satisfy us like a relationship with the one true God will. So many times throughout the Bible, we see people wandering from the only source of true contentment and searching for life satisfaction in wealth, prestige, possessions, accomplishments, or worship of many other idols. And, every time, they do not find contentment in these other things.
Examine your life today and ask yourself if you have a wandering problem. Are you wandering from the spring of living water and trying to find satisfaction in a broken cistern? Identify your broken cisterns today and wander back to the spring of living water that brings true fulfillment and stop chasing the idols that never will.