My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. – Jeremiah 2:13 (NIV)
What is your deepest darkest sin? Do you feel that the pleasure of the sin is greater than the rewards of being obedient to God? One of the reasons we give in to sin is because many of us are so fixed on instant gratification. The enemy, with all his craftiness, recognizes that as an entry point and capitalizes on our weakness.
Sin is sure to gives us instant gratification. It is so deceptive that in the moments leading up to the fall, we actually think that the pleasure derived from sin far outweighs the rewards of waiting on God’s best. What the enemy fails to reveal is that the pleasure only last for that instant. Once that instant is gone, we are left with a sense of emptiness and longing for more.
We are like the cistern spoken of in the above referenced scripture. As soon as we sin, we spring a leak in the lining of our holding tank. God, on the other hand, offers us a spring of living water that will continue to well up inside of us. As we walk in obedience, He is the lining in our cistern that prevents cracks from forming. His spring of living water is sure to keep us feeling refreshed and fulfilled.
Lord, I thank You for the strength that comes from You to flee from sin. The reward of waiting on Your best far outweighs any pleasure derived from sin.