“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 NIV).
We sometimes condescend the Old Testament Chosen People for worshipping idols instead of the Living God; however, we do the same thing today. Instead of wood and metal idols, we worship our will as the ultimate voice of truth in our lives. Although we claim God’s authority with our words, our actions declare that we are choosing to be our own mini Gods. We have forsaken God and placed ourselves on His throne. But a throne is a very sad place for any imperfect human to be. Little do we know that we have stopped drinking from the “spring of living water” and opted for “broken cisterns” of our own self-effort and personal dictatorship. We are so busy listening to our flesh that we have become desensitized to the powerful prompting of the Holy Spirit. When we die and come before the seat of judgment, we will finally see that our sweat and strength was wasted doing things outside the will of God. Yes, God loves us and will bless us, but we will be confronted with the reality that we could have accomplished so much for God’s eternal kingdom if we would have drank deeply from the spring of living water instead of forging our own useless wells. Understanding that we have such a short life to make an eternal impact should motivate us daily to rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us into His truth.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16.13 ESV).