Today you should read: Jeremiah 2:1-13
The flow of this conversation feels almost like a breakup would. First, God tells them how he remembers how they once loved Him. He then asks what he did he that made them not love him anymore. Then God tells them about how they wronged him. So although it sounds like a breakup, it doesn’t end that way because God wants to fight for his people’s love.
God calls the people out multiple times during this talk. He says how they “went after worthlessness, and became worthless” (v. 5) and how they destroyed His land (v. 7). He then points out how crazy it is for a nation to change gods while also pointing out that those other gods are not real (v. 11). Verse 13 ends by saying how they chose to abandon the living water for cisterns that cannot hold water.
Sometimes I think we are no different than the Israelites. We may have started off with a burning passion for God and would do anything for Him, but now have tapered off and do just what we need to do in order to rest our conscience.
I feel like a lot of us can relate to verse 13. I know I try to take things into my own hands. I abandon God’s plan and try and write my own future, but quickly God changes those plans. I try and fill my life with things that I think will be enough, but they ultimately fall short. Why do we abandon the living water? Why do we abandon God who has never failed to fulfill? Why do we turn to the god of sports, the god of pop culture, the god of money, the god of lust, or anything else to fulfill when only God can? Seems crazy, right?
By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice: Students & Worship
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