“…for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the foundation of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
When we reject the One True God, we make two mistakes. We turn from the one source of life in this world. And, we turn toward something that is by definition not a source of life. More directly, it is a source of death. When we turn from God toward something else, we are necessarily turning toward nothing. We are rejecting what is in favor of what isn’t. This is never a good trade. So why do we make it?
We make it because we are seduced by a mirage. We are enticed by a lie. We are tricked by an image of a grand promise that is never anything but empty. In spite of having embraced the life of Christ, there remains in us a longing for the familiarity of what we left behind to pursue Him. It wasn’t comfortable. It wasn’t safe. It certainly wasn’t good. But it was familiar. And in the midst of a season that is marked by a great deal of challenge and uncertainty, moving in the direction of something that was familiar is a potent temptation. When we feel like we are adrift in a wild sea, we will grasp at any rock that drifts close enough to reach…even if the rock is covered in sharp shards of glass.
Keep this in mind. When you are in a challenging season, the temptation you will face more than just about any other will be to grab hold of something that was familiar at one time regardless of whether or not it is a good thing. Yet if you grab hold of this particular rock, it will cut you to pieces and then send you adrift once again. Only this time you will be weaker and less equipped for what lies ahead than you were before. Rather than grabbing for the rock that seems closest, wait on the Lord. Trust in the one who is the Rock. He will be your anchor where everything else will fail you.