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is what the LORD says: "What fault did your fathers find in me, that
they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became
worthless themselves. - - - 13
"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.
lamented Israel's unfaithfulness to God. He used the bitter language
and graphic imagery of adultery to get his point across. Though God
had been faithful his people, they had turned from him to worthless
things. In doing so, they became as worthless as the things they
pursued. Though God was like a spring of fresh and life-giving water
to them, they turned away from him. Instead of trusting him, they put
their trust in the stale and leaking cisterns they had built for
themselves. As a result, their hearts were empty and they were dying of
Response and Action:
things I turn to in life are the things that will shape me. If I
pursue empty things, I will become empty. If I seek the true and
faithful God, I will become faithful and live in truth. I will turn
away from worthless things and set my heart on things above. In
following Jesus, I will experience meaning, purpose, and fullness in my
life. If I honor God and hold fast to him, I will experience the
streams of living water that flow from him alone.
Lord, help me to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and
strength. Help me to turn away from all that is worthless, to seek all
that is true, and to do what is good. Give me the wisdom and the
will to guard my heart, feed my spirit, stimulate my mind, and care
for my body. Teach me faithfulness and draw me to the living water
that only you can give. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses:
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor
gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish
hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they
became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images
made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to
sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served
created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
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by Tony Campolo