Daily Devotional

January 3, 2020

Broken Cisterns

Jeremiah 2:13
“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.”


 Written by: James Rogers

As we begin a new year, many of us take stock of our lives, we vow to start or stop doing something, and we make New Year’s resolutions. Usually, we set goals to lose weight, get the big promotion, or finally achieve something we think we should be able to do. This type of review and focus can be good for us and is not necessarily wrong in and of itself, but on the other hand, the resolutions we make can show us the evil things that we worship.

In today’s verse, God is speaking to the Israelites through the prophet Jeremiah, and he is calling them out for their infidelity.

He says, “My people are doing two things wrong. First, they leave fellowship with Me. They stop relying on Me. I am not the God they serve. Second, they have turned to other idols. They have turned to created things to find fulfillment and purpose. And the sad part is: those created things will never satisfy their souls. I am the fountain head and they are missing Me in exchange for broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

WTD-Devotional1.3Thought of the day: Let’s be honest, these broken cisterns that we all tend to seek are socially acceptable forms of idolatry. Are you worshiping self-image? Are you chasing after stuff or money or power? Those things will never satisfy your soul. Here are a few questions I think we should all consider as we set new goals:

  • Am I setting this goal in an effort to honor God above all else?
  • Why do I really want to achieve this ambition?
  • Am I worshiping the outcome instead of God?
  • Is ___________ a broken cistern that I think will bring me fulfillment and purpose?
  • What evil idol worship do I need to repent of?

God is the only fountain of living water. May we all find how good He really is.

Prayer: Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23-24.

Please help me to see the broken cisterns in my life. I repent of the idols that I worship in place of You. Help me to return and stay true to You. Fill my soul up and bless me, Lord. May You receive all the glory. Amen!

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