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  • Jerry Gingerich

Day 4: Hope (looking for hope in all the wrong places)

If we find ourselves with feelings of hopelessness this Advent season, we may need to do a checkup and make sure we are not looking for hope in the wrong places.


“For my people have committed two evils: They have abandoned me – the fountain of living waters to carve out for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that do not hold water.” Jeremiah 2:13


Is it possible that hope is elusive because we are too focused on carving out cisterns that can’t possibly give us the hope we are longing for? The cisterns we build may seem sound and unbroken and even wise. They may slake our thirst for a season. Afterall, what is wrong with developing relationships, planning for the future or being involved citizens? These things are good things to do, but do not be deceived, in the end, if we depend on them for sustaining hope they will prove to be swamp water and not living water. Careers, spouses, finances, friendships, church attendance and politics are cisterns we spend much of our lives building or “carving out” to name just a few. The world tells us these things will give us hope for the future but we all will ultimately discover that these “good things” lack the ability to provide the living water we long for. Jesus says he is the living water. Let’s spend more time seeking Him and less time carving out worldly cisterns. Jesus has graciously given us the Holy Spirit to help us be all that he wants us to be. Praise His Wonderful Name.


Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.



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