Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Broken Cisterns That Can Hold No Water

Many people thinks that the way to be happy and satisfied in life is to posses a certain amount of something that they want and long for. Possessing things that they think it can satisfy them the most. For some it's money, for some is sexual pleasure, for some is positions, recognition, popularity, family, and so on. But do they really satisfy us?

  • Wealth

look at what King David says about wealth,

Eccl 5:10 Whoever loves money never has money enough;
       whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
       This too is meaningless.

Many people thought that if they have all the riches they want they can be happy. However, many claimed that they aren't really happy when they got all the money they wanted. Besides that, your possession here on earth will not follow you when you die. So is wealth the key to one's satisfaction?

  • Sexual Pleasures

The following statements is shared by one Uni student on one of J.D. Greear's sermon saying:

As I enter the university life, I found myself indulging in sex more and more but enjoying it less and less.

Indulging in Pornography, Masturbation, Sexual engagement does not result in a satisfaction that last for long. People are trapped here because they are addicted yet they find themselves enjoying less and less. Is this the key to life's happiness?

  • Positions, Recognition, Authority

How long can a person stay in charge or have authority over something? Don't a person worry? Don't enemies emerge? Don't the worries of losing a position freak someone out? You get recognize for a moment but soon be forgotten. Does all these satisfy you?

There are many more, but somehow, there's just always an emptiness that is in us when we run after this things. Even King David, one of the greatest King of Israel, who possessed everything we wanted, wealth, women, authority and so much more said that everything is meaningless. look,

Eccl 12:7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
       and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Eccl 12:8 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. [a]
       "Everything is meaningless!"

So why is there this emptiness in us? I believe it's telling us that we don't really belong to all these. Besides that, look at what God said,

13 "My people have committed two sins:

  They have

forsaken me,

the spring of living water


have dug their own cisterns,

broken cisterns that cannot

hold water.


Whenever we search for pleasures that doesn't come from God, we are like digging up our own broken cisterns that can hold no water, and

we are trying to quench our thirst in this broken cisterns by licking on it and getting our tongue cut, bruised and bleed.

Besides that,

when we ignore God, we're ignoring the Spring of Living Water that can quench our thirst.

So how do you expect us to be satisfied if we keep on seeking and digging our own broken cisterns and not turn to God?

It's a choice for you:



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