November 19

Written by Bill Grandi on November 19th, 2018

One of the most convicting passages of Scripture is the one found in Jeremiah 2, especially verse 13: “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.”

In all honesty, I know Jeremiah could have written that about me in 2018. God has blessed me in so many ways. I’m humbled He would choose to do that. The strange thing is He does that in spite of the fact that he knows my propensity for idol worship. And yet, He still blesses me. I don’t mean that I set up a shrine, but I do have a tendency to latch onto something and pursue it. Whether it be cycling, working out, reading a particular author, buying and working jigsaw puzzles, being a Titanic enthusiast, or something as seemingly as innocent as buying books for study, I can take a good thing and make it “my thing.” Tripp says it well:

A desire for a good thing becomes a bad thing when that desire becomes a ruling thing.

I have had way too many things which are good replace the affections of my heart for God. I have forsaken God and hewed out cisterns which hold no water. It’s not wrong to desire things which are good-spiritual knowledge, theological knowledge, a comfortable way of life, staying fit-but it is devastating when those desires take over and consume me.

“Father, forgive me for my idols and cisterns which are broken. Forgive me when I take a good desire and make it a ruling one. Help me to worship only You.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Idolatry, it seems, is something that tempts every last one of us, Bill. Dear Lord, let us place You first in our hearts and minds!

  2. Ryan S says:

    Typing on phone this morning. Contemplating the devotion this morning. What hitme is how often I come to God when in desperate need. Not that I don’t during times if plenty. Not that I don’t when life is going well… But usually those times are times if simple Thanksgiving. When I am hurting, when I am in need, I cry out to God with intensity. Icry out in desperation. What if, really what if… I were to cry out to God with the same level of intensity when things are going well? What if God wasn’t spending time picking up the broken pieces of my life and putting them back together, but rather taking the life He has blessed me with and then taking the time he saved to open doors for others. I need the same intensity. I think I do carry the idol of blessings on my shoulders. I think bi do spend more time simply thanking God for the blessings he has given me rather than putting those blessings to work for His glory.
    Forgive me Father, I thank you for the second, third, fifth, and hundreth chances to do it the right way.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I think your reaction is common Ryan. I know I am one who takes the same approach as you describe. Times of ease often mean time to ease off. Times of distress lead me to God for strength and help.

  3. A desire for a good thing becomes a bad thing when that desire becomes a ruling thing. Your post hit home brother. I often struggle with good idols, family, friends, books, ministry. We have a down time right now from traveling and its easy to just coast through these times and not daily connect with Him. So very thankful for His grace and ever loving me no matter where my heart is. Happy Thanksgiving brother.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      i struggle with those good idols also Betty. Seeing nothing wrong with them I allow them to take over. Bad move. I’m with you in this struggle. Thanks for the comment. Have a grateful Thanksgiving also.