Never Enough

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 2:1

Have you ever had a tasty bowl of soup that leaves you wanting more, but after drinking a few
more bowls, you only become more thirsty? Yes, that’s the power of Monosodium Glutamate
(MSG)! The bowl of soup tastes so good when you are drinking it, but it will never satisfy you.
In a world full of stress and worries, we often seek activities we find joy in, such as watching
films, playing video games, or scrolling through social media. After consuming all of those
media, however, we are no more joyful than when we started. In fact, we find ourselves craving
for more interesting films, or more exciting video games, or the next juicy celebrity update. This
joy is only temporary and but leaves us thirstier than before, just like drinking the bowl of tasty
soup made with MSG.

These are the broken cisterns we have hewn for ourselves, since they cannot truly satisfy. By
watching more films or playing more video games, we lose our time and draw our focus
away from God, the source of living water. As a result, we fall into a state of constant
dissatisfaction.

The next time we encounter a long day of work, rather than using all our effort and time to hew
broken cisterns, let us seek enjoyment in the Lord instead. By meditating on God’s Word,
journaling about God’s love and blessings, listening to hymns, having a meal with brothers and
sisters, or giving a call to a brother or sister you have not seen for a long time, we can feel
fulfilled by God. By drawing near to Him we are able to find lasting joy and satisfaction, for He
is the one who created us and knows our wants and needs. Our souls will be refreshed
and satisfied like having a sports drink after a long run.

Reflection Question:
Are you hewing any broken cisterns in your life today?

A Heart Towards God

“Psa 4:1 To the Chief Musician. With Stringed Instruments. A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.”

What I admire about David in Psalm chapter 4 is his trust and confidence in God. David, throughout his life, had been through many trials and had to flee for his life on many occasions. He was constantly pursued by Saul and his men and betrayed by even his own son, Absalom.

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He Is the Bridegroom

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” (Rev 19:7)

Jesus Christ is the bridegroom. Among all relationships, perhaps the most beautiful and precious relationship is the loving relationship between the bridegroom and his bride. How is Jesus the bridegroom in our life?

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Lord, If You Are Willing

And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3)

During Biblical times, leprosy was a very fearful thing. Anyone suspected of contracting leprosy would first have to go to the priest for an examination. If leprosy was confirmed, that person was then required to leave his family and community. Ostracized from society, the leper would have to suffer further indignity of showing people he had the disease by wearing torn clothes, keeping his hair unkempt, covering the lower part of his face and crying out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as he had the disease, he remained unclean and had to live alone, away from others. (Lev 13:45-46).

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