Choices seem obvious when clearly seen in the light of what they truly are. No one would make a bad choice if they saw it as exactly that: a bad choice.
"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water." (Jeremiah 2.13)
A disastrous decision had been made: to reject a fountain of refreshing water for the back-breaking work of digging a cistern that would never hold water. Why would anyone do such a thing? Perhaps because the choice was not so obvious as God clearly revealed.
I consider myself a fair do-it-yourselfer at home. My thrifty nature drives me to tackle projects that enhance our home while saving labor costs in hiring the work done. But, I've learned that hard way that some projects are better outsourced. Amateurs can sometimes spend more in time, money, and mental anguish than hiring a professional in the first place. And so it is with spiritual enrichment: turning to the true source, the "fountain of living waters," makes immeasurably more sense than trying to be a spiritual DIYer.
Jesus once made a similar offer to a woman who trekked daily to a well (John 4.7-26): abundant living water always, or the daily task of seeking water that never truly satisfied. The choice seems obvious.
Each of us face a similar choice each day. May we wisely choose, and be abundantly blessed and refreshed.
©Steve Taylor, 2017 --Used by permission
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