Admonition · Reflections


It never occurred to me that God let me wallow in my addiction to show me that I was not good. I was not the star that everybody revolves around. I was broken in need of a good and perfect God. But I was too proud to see it.

Nate Larkin

If I sell a million records, I want five million. If I sell five million, I want ten. The greatest peace is knowing who I really am; a son of the most high King of the Universe.

Michael W. Smith

Emptiness happens when you get to the place you thought would make you happy and discover it doesn’t or you don’t quite reach the place.

Pete Briscoe

Nate, Michael and Pete are three individuals who have experienced the ‘ins’and ‘outs’ of life. They have experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows and their conclusion? “I am but a broken cistern”

Jeremiah writes,

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

The entire world has been plunged into uncertainty and the funniest part of all this is, we suddenly feel like God is too slow and we tend to use our own strength. We have forsaken God, forsaken His Word and His ways and, we have dug our own broken cisterns.

The danger of using our own strength is, we experience an emptiness too depressing! We tend to want more and more and more, going round and round in circles and never getting to where we want to be; we become broken cisterns, that cannot be filled.

Let’s take a very practical example. You have a 100-litre tank that has a hole at the bottom. Much as the hole gets plastered and repaired, there comes a time when the leakage cannot be stopped by any plastering and what happens to the tank eventually? It is discarded or thrown away. Is this where we want to be? Is this what we are setting ourselves up for? To become irrelevant? That is what happens when we use our own limited strength.

1 Timothy 6:6-11 puts the point across so well,

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:6-11

A broken cistern, which we have built as a result of our using our own strength, results from our wandering away and so we do not get any fulfillment from anything, because we pierced ourselves with many avoidable griefs. It is time to turn back to our first love.

Nate, Pete and Michael teach us a few lessons:

1. As long as you are proud, you will never see your shortfalls. You will keep digging up that broken cistern to prove a point.

2. Base your identity on God alone because man will leave you high and dry. You will become irrelevant!

3.Never root your joy and fulfillment in material things. When you get to the place where you thought you will get filled and realise how empty it is, it takes more work and great pain to go back to the drawing board. Let your joy be found in God alone no matter what.

There is hope for us. In everything we do, let us allow God to take the wheel. Whenever we resort to using our own strength, let Him stop us in our tracks.

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