Today's Lectionary Text
Listen to the Lord’s word,
This is what the Lord says:
What wrong did your ancestors find in me
Not sure about you, yet if God were to ask me what I had found in Him to make me wander so far away from Him – I’d probably melt right in the spot. Like me, I would think most people would say, “surely not I, I would not wander away from You, God.” Then I think about the conversations I hear. I rethink about the questions asked at a recent Police/Community Meeting, the questions asked at the recent active shooter awareness training – and I wonder. One look at the nightly news – and I wonder.
They pursued what was worthless and became worthless. v. 5b. I really think we have an epidemic in our world of focusing more on the worthless. My people have committed two crimes: They have forsaken Me, the spring of living water. And they have dug wells, broken wells that can’t hold water. v. 13. As a society we have placed more value in things, places, other people, than we have God. Our wells of life are leaking more than we are taking in because we have forsaken our first love, God. We are not refilling with life sustaining living water, instead we are attempting to fill our souls with whatever else we can find that makes us happy for the moment. And all the while, we don’t even think that we have wandered away from God. The great part about it all -- we can make the choice to not wander! We can decide to allow the life sustaining water glue our broken wells back together and be filled to over flowing. No more wandering!
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator
*Devotion originally published 9/2/2019
Prayer for Reflection
God of life sustaining living water, melt us, mold us, fill us, use us to provide your grace to a world that places too much value on the worthless. Amen.
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