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New Life Daily Devotion - Mar. 23, 2010

  • 2010 Mar 23

Gods That Can't Satisfy
Jeremiah 2:10-26

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

We've all become slaves to gods that cannot satisfy. We run after that elusive "high" that only heightens our thirst for more. In the process, we lose our sense of appropriate guilt. We regret getting caught, but fail to mourn the deeper tragedy of repeatedly returning to the wrong well to satisfy our thirst.

God spoke through Jeremiah: "For my people have . . . abandoned me-the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all! Why has Israel become a slave? . . . When will you stop running? When will you stop panting after other gods? But you say, 'Save your breath. I'm in love with these foreign gods, and I can't stop loving them now!' Israel is like a thief who feels shame only when he gets caught" (Jeremiah 2:13-14, 25-26).

God knows how thirsty we are. He's the fountain that gushes with the water that can truly satisfy. A cistern is a man-made holding tank. Our addictions are like "cracked cisterns" that don't stay full. The fundamental mistake being pointed out here is that we're running repeatedly to the wrong source for our satisfaction. Instead of just being sorry that we "get caught," God wants us to realize the deeper wrong. He wants us to return to him, find true satisfaction, and eliminate our need to keep going back to our addictions. Admitting our wrongs should include the sources we've turned to that don't fully satisfy.

We can replace the cracked cisterns of our addictions with the life-giving fountain that God promises.


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