We don’t have to look too long or hard to find someone or something wanting to zap our energy, enthusiasm and excitement. Maybe it is that person at work who always is complaining or whining about the company, and they can find fault in every company policy and procedure. How about that neighbor who is just annoying and gets under everyone’s skin Maybe you are on a sports team and you are excited about your team’s chances to win it all this year, and just before your first game of the season, your star player is lost for the year due to an injury. Or how about this, every time you take your car to the garage for routine maintenance, the mechanic tells you that major service is needed on your engine.
In reality, it is likely that you either have just faced, or are presently facing, some challenge in your life. It could be due to being laid off, some medical condition, a relational problem, aging parents, financial struggles, or one of any number of real life issues that drag us down. Regardless of what it is that zaps your energy, enthusiasm and excitement, it is true that for most of us, we most often try to find our contentment from external circumstances rather than an inner attitude. In a nutshell, we look to the world for contentment rather than drawing it from God.
A verse in Jeremiah speaks to this very thing. It talks of where we draw our water from. In Jeremiah 2:13 we read these words, “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.”
While this verse speaks of where to look for all that we need, it is also a verse that speaks of trust. It asks, “Do you trust God or the world to provide for all your needs?”
So the next time someone or something threatens to steal your contentment, right then and there you have a choice – you can choose to draw from God’s well of living water or you can choose to draw from those other sources, those broken cisterns that have dirty water and so often run dry. When you find yourself in need of a drink, say, “Jesus, you are my source of living water and right now in this situation I come to You, asking You to fill me up.” And then watch and see how He will quiet your spirit and calm your heart.
Remember, broken cisterns can not hold water so, today, draw from the spring of living water. Then repeat tomorrow, the next day, the every day after that!
New Bern, North Carolina