For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13
I was at a tech conference the other day where this emotion-detection gadget intrigued me. The exhibitor told me that this gadget was meant to promote mindfulness, helping people become aware of their emotional state so they could address it. I put this gadget on for one minute, and the result was unpleasant.
As a matter of fact, I had been having unpleasant feelings for the past couple of days. The exhibitor was a bit embarrassed, probably thinking that his pitch made me feel unpleasant. He nervously suggested that I should do more sports, sleep earlier and listen to more music. I have since tried his suggestions over the past few days, but my miserable feeling has remained.
Humans are born of flesh and we seek earthly solutions instinctively. We all have our own go-to ways to tackle our unpleasant feelings, such as going on a hike, drinking with friends, playing computer games, sleeping through the day, shopping, etc.
And we have all experienced that these cisterns are broken and will never hold water that can satisfy us entirely. By going to these cisterns that we build for ourselves instead of going directly to the fountain of living waters implies that we are forsaking Jesus.
It’s easy to go back to our earthly way of dealing with feelings and emotions. In doing so, we unintentionally deny Jesus for what He has done for us. Therefore, we need to constantly evaluate and examine our heart, and give everything to God before trying to hew out cisterns for ourselves.
Let us practice this:
- Praising God for being the fountain of living waters; and,
- Asking God to help you remember run to Him in all that you are facing.