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Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. 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 2:11, 13
Why do people exchange their worship of the true God for the worship of gods that do not exist? Pagan gods exist to serve the people; the God of Scripture created people to serve Him. Most of our expectations are fulfilled with the aid of others; we naturally perceive others as objects to aid us in achieving what we want. Thus powerful people use others for their own ends. When God places limits on how we treat others, we want to ignore those limits, and in the process appetites become more important than God, and He is forsaken for gods that are not gods.
Your God is the object of your confidence. People reject the idea that they are created in the image of God so that they can become gods. They reason that they evolved from an animal so that they can act like animals. For this reason, they would rather be like an animal than be like God. God charges them with two crimes. First, they abandoned the fountain of living water. Like the woman at the well talking with Jesus,383 they rejected the living water and then wonder why they are thirsty.
Second, they create cisterns that cannot hold water; that is, they worship gods that cannot impart life. As our Lord Jesus told the woman at the well, only He can impart life, but to obtain it, you must serve Him. His yoke is easy and His burden is light, but you must bear it or you can have no part in Him. 384
383 cf. John 4:13-14
Jeremiah 24-26 Titus 2 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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