Gathering water in broken cisterns
Striving to get a few drops to quench parched throats
Walking after the imagination of an evil heart
Changing our glory for that which does not profit
Worshipping the work of our hands
Boasting in the pride of our achievements
Running after treacherous ‘lovers’ who use and cast aside
The Unceasing Fountain of Life spills forth unheeded, unsipped
The Lover of our Souls
The Help of the Helpless
The Faithful, Unchanging One
stands by ignored and rejected.
Reading through Jeremiah, it is very easy to feel smug and to apply what I am reading to someone else. But just this past week, my little world was shaken, because someone I was counting on for help didn’t turn up. I was irritated and vengeful till I thought over what I was reading in Jeremiah.
Wasn’t I depending on an undependable leaky source, when I had the greatest resource in the Universe? The Help of the Helpless stood with me, while I was fretting for the imperfect help of a fallible human.
So I turned back to God, turning my back on a fretting heart that grumbled, moaned, plotted and planned. Turning my back on the world, the disappointments and fears had a salutary effect on me. The world righted itself. Mountains were cropped to the right perspective. His light brought the right colours and hues into a world that seemed dull and gray.
And He was true to His Word and character. He is the Help of the Helpless. He did send help from Zion, just not the person I was pinning my hopes on.
Thank You Lord for not having left me to find my own way.
Thank You for providing for me what I need day by day.
Thank You for the patience with which you wait for me to turn away from the broken cisterns to Your fountain of Life.
Thank you for enabling me to see You as the Creator and the source of all I am and all I do.
Thank You for receiving me even though I often run after that which does not profit, and which leaves me feeling used and discarded.
Thank You for stooping to heal, deliver, comfort and restore.
Thank You for being You.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying,
‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For the Gentiles seek after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.
Mat 6:31-33 ESV