Digging our own cisterns

ancient-cistern“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.” Jer. 2:13 (NIV)

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God uses the analogy of cisterns…manmade caverns used to collect rainwater…to describe two sins being committed by Israel. First, they had forsaken God, the spring of living water by abandoning His provision for their needs. Second, they found their own way to meet those needs.

We still commit both those sins today.

We each have God-placed needs within us so that we would be drawn to the spring of living water…God…to drink deeply and satisfy those needs. But we often turn from His provision and attempt to meet those needs in our own way…committing these sins.

We have a God-placed need for love, for worth, and finally, a need to have an impact through our life. God placed the need for impact within us so that we would seek to impact eternity.

But often…we settle for far less.

We settle for temporary impact rather than eternal impact.

We dig our own cisterns to collect the accolades of the world rather than depend on the praise of our Creator. It is easy in medicine to make a cistern out of our practice. We engage in treating our patients and bask in their praises, while allowing the voice of God to fade in the distance.

Instead we are called to listen and obey His voice above all else.

In order to do that, we must resist the siren call of the accolades of the world and drink instead from the Spring of living water. We do that by taking adequate time to listen for His voice…to hear His praise and accolades.

In medicine, we have an amazing potential to make an impact for eternity in the lives of those we encounter. One way to do that is to bring the Lord with us into our workday…into each encounter with patients or colleagues and allow Him to lead us.

After all…He’s already there…we just forget that.

Try offering small prayers throughout the day before each of your encounters…and see how the Lord moves.

Prayer: Lord, help me make an impact for eternity through You!

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