Friday, October 28, 2011

Springs

"Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory
for that which does not profit. 
Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord,for 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 2:11-13).

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The Lord accuses His people of two evils.  Two sins.  Two things that He abhors.  One, that they have left Him, their first love, the giver of all life.  And two, that they have replaced Him with things they've created themselves, things that can't hold water in the first place!  


C.S. Lewis quotes, in The Weight of Glory, that "We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."


We think that all the lovely things this earthly existence offers us are enough.  After all, they provide temporary pleasure, and what more is there, really?  This skewed thinking comes because we've given up on finding the true satisfaction, glorifying Christ Jesus!


In John 4:15, a Samaritan woman has come to the well to draw water.  She says to Jesus, after they've been speaking for a bit, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water."  She asks for this special water (which she does not yet understand, by the way) because she doesn't want to have to keep coming back to the well only to become thirsty again later.  


Do you keep having to seek after more pleasure in the world because the water you're drinking isn't truly quenching your thirst?  "All my springs are in YOU" (Psalm 87:7).

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