Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 18 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 1-2
Food for Thought: Jer. 2:13
“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.” These are the only things that will condemn a person. And you can bet that if a person is living a life that is empty and, really, lifeless, it is because he or she has rejected Jesus Christ as God and Savior and has opted for a very inferior source that cannot even hold water. Instead of the ever-flowing living waters of God, he/she has chosen things that can never really satisfy and are constantly needing to be replenished. In fact, it requires much effort—exhausting—just to even try to maintain such a life, and it is never enough, always deficient.
Sometimes even Christians can find themselves off track and unsatisfied. And eventually, they find themselves in trouble. What went wrong? They stopped looking to the Lord as their Source for everything and lowered their sights to the things of the world. They stopped drinking from the Fountain of Living Waters and began drinking from broken, polluted cisterns. The apostle John warns of this in I John 2:15-17: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” Similarly, the apostle Paul admonishes us in Romans 12:1- 2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Jesus makes it very plain and easy to understand. Of Himself, He says, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst (John 6:35).” “He goes on to say in John 7:38, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” He adds in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” And in John 14:6 He says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” That’s it. There’s nothing more to add. He is everything we need. Anyone who forsakes Him and dedicates their lives to anything else will find himself/herself unfulfilled and in serious danger. However, it is not too late to exchange the inferior source of water for the One Who gives real life, and life in abundance.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):