Friday, August 7
A clear choice
Scripture: Jeremiah 1-2, John 10
Jeremiah 2:13 “For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me—the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!
John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Jeremiah and Jesus each paint a striking contrast.
Jeremiah accuses Israel of two evils: abandoning the Lord who is the fountain of living water, and instead digging cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all. Living water is running water. Imagine living in a dry region, and moving away from a clear running stream and digging cisterns—reservoirs to catch rain water—that were cracked and unable to hold water. Foolishness! God is the living water we need to satisfy our thirst; our idols (our selves, our success, our pleasure) are cracked cisterns that leave us thirsty and dry and dying.
Jesus contrasts Himself, the Good Shepherd who cares for the sheep, with thieves who come to steal, kill and destroy. His purpose is to give us a rich and satisfying life. The thief could be Satan, our adversary who is looking to devour us (1 Peter 5:8). It could also be any of the other enemies of our soul—the idols mentioned above that leave us dry and dying. The contrast, just as in Jeremiah, is that God gives life and our enemies bring death.
A simple and clear choice is called for: choose Jesus, choose life! Life that fills and satisfies, a rich and full life. The other options promise life but are dry and cracked cisterns that can’t hold water, or thieves that only kill, steal and destroy.
I love the imagery of these verses. Even more, I love the promise of a rich and satisfying life in Jesus!
Prayer: Lord, the choice is stark and clear. I choose You! Help me to present this clear choice to others so they can choose You as well.