Daily Devotional: No Substitutes

Jeremiah 2:13

"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.”

time with god It’s east to assume that our Christian service compensates for lack of devotional time with the Lord. But it just doesn’t work that way. Nothing can substitute for on-on-one time with God. He wants our hearts, not just our deeds and programs. It’s in that place of quietness and intimacy that we draw the living water we need in order to spiritually refresh and care for others.

A godly Christian leader named Bob has had to learn this truth the hard way. Bob works for a Christian organization and also serves as a church deacon and home group leader. Although he manages to find the time for many meetings, he typically devotes very little time to private prayer. As a result he’s often weary and running on empty spiritually.

We should never allow ourselves to get to this point. Time alone with the Lord must be a nonnegotiable item in every Christian’s schedule, no matter how busy we are. If we’re not drinking regularly from the well of life, spiritual burnout is inevitable.

What things risk becoming substitutes for your quiet time? Run back to Jesus before your living water supply dries up!


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