Forsaking Your God

Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Jeremiah 2:12-13

King Agur in Proverbs 30 speaks of a state of being content in which he is not too poor or too rich – a state in which he is not cursing God or forgetful of God’s goodness to him. Jeremiah is here talking about the state of Israel and how they had forgotten their God and forsaken Him. God had done many great things for His people, and even made sure they set up monuments as a constant reminder to them and the generations to come. We read of the many miracles God had performed for them, but we also see it did not take them long to complain and forget His goodness. We read of the Israelites making a god out of a golden calf while their leader was on top of the mountain meeting with the true God. Moses had not been gone very long when they forgot about God and wanted an object they could worship. I look at their shortcomings and shake my head, but in reality, am I any different than the children of Israel?

I have been mentoring a young man and we have been studying a book entitled, “Changed Into His Image.” This book goes through our condition as mankind and how our “flesh wars against the spiritual things we are commanded to do”. We desire our own way and want to be our own god. We are drawn to the magnetic pull of the world, although if we are born again, we no longer have to be entangled and imprisoned to our sin nature. As we were talking through the book, we came to a section that tasks its reader to see in the Bible where there was a prayer in which someone was heartbroken over their sin. I went to Psalm 51 where David poured out his heart to God and asked to be cleansed of his sin and to be restored to a proper relationship with Jesus Christ. David laid it all out to the Lord and sought to have a right relationship with God like he once had, and asked for the joy of his salvation to be restored unto him. If we haven’t come to this same point in our walk with God, we likely should have.

We have all forsaken our God and we sometimes forget that when we think we are doing well in our Christian walk. As I was speaking with this young man, I reflected on my own life and the deep, dark sins that I have thought in my mind and the sins I would want to dig the biggest hole and dive in if someone were to find out. These sins are shameful, but in reality, all sins separate me from God. I thought back to when I was a young man, and I was ashamed at times for people to know I was a believer in Jesus Christ. There were times when I made commitments to my God only to neglect and forsake those commitments I had made. I sought instead a broken cistern (a receptacle for holding water) which represents the world, and I replaced the Living Water for a broken cistern. I sought to be happy in the lusts of the flesh instead of being filled with the Living Water that satisfies like nothing else can. I was much like the children of Israel, and maybe even worse, as I knew of the sins of those that came before me, but yet I still indulged in them and tried to find satisfaction outside of God. I am ashamed to admit my shortcomings, but I pray that if you are right now forsaking God, that you turn around quickly and make things right with Him.

Have you forsaken your God? Have you committed an evil against Him? Have you sought the things of this world over the riches you have in Christ Jesus? Do those around you know of your relationship with Jesus Christ? Is your relationship evident to them? When was the last time you spent quality time with Him? Do you have a daily walk with Him? May we remember how good our God is, and may we not soon forget His goodness to us. It is impossible to hold water in a bucket with holes in it, just as it is impossible to find happiness and joy in a life outside of Christ. May we not forsake our God, and if we do, may we quickly come back and make things right with Him.

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