Today's Devotions

December 10

Jeremiah 2:11-13 (NIV) 11Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols. 12Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD. 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.

Glory is the image of God upon us. When we act according to the attributes of God, people get a glimpse of the glory of God. Israel was to display to the world what it was like to be in relationship with God. That task is now entrusted to the Church. This passage declares God's astonishment at man's senselessness. How could they exchange the Living God, who had brought them out of captivity in Egypt, for things made by the hands of man? Why would they want to exchange the Eternal God for some worthless images?

Then the LORD points out the two great sins of Israel with an analogy. He says they have forsaken the spring of living water. Water is very scarce in Israel. Springs are like gold! Cities are built around them because of their consistent supply of cool, fresh, life-giving water. Why would anyone forsake a spring in Israel? But they forsook the LORD who was their source of life.

The second sin was digging out a cistern. Cisterns are large holes cut into the limestone at low points on the earth's surface. When there are rains, the terrain drains the runoff into this hole that opens up below the surface to the size of a swimming pool. But being cracked, it just drained into the earth. The life giving spring was forsaken for a useless cistern.

Consider: Where are you going for a drink of life? Only the spring of living water will truly satisfy. Let us make our dwelling around the spring, and go to it often. Then the world will see the glory of the LORD upon us.

December 10

2 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV) 20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The Scriptures are not just the ideas of man. They did not originate in the will of man. There was a much greater power guiding and carrying their speech and writings. The world would call them inspired. That literally means breathed into. In this passage we have more of a sense of being picked up by a hurricane and carried. Certainly there was the personality of the prophet involved, but the hand of the omnipotent God was moving his thought and speech. It was not that they were robots without a will, but neither did the ideas and words originate in them.

God works in the same way with us today. He uses the personality that He designed to fit into the purpose for which He created us. We think we came up with a wonderful idea, but all along it was planned before we were created. The Spirit of God carries us into places of ministry and divine encounters that we might think had their origin in our will, but were always a part of His marvelous plan.

Keep your eyes open to the wonderful workings of God in your life. Realize that He is intricately involved in the details of your life. When something amazing happens, know that He planned it before He created you. Rejoice in the wonderful plans He prepared in advance for you.

Meditation: Am I reading God's word with reverence for the incredible way in which He brought it to me?

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