The Cure to Endless Idolatries
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
My life is a story of endless idolatries. Many believers are well acquainted with the pendulum swing of sinful extremes and worldly distractions, both of which stand in the way of us abandoning ourselves to Christ to the extent that He deserves. And not only does He deserve this, but we have a desperate, inherent need to be abandoned to Him as well.
There was a point in my life following a crisis of agnosticism and doubt about Christianity where God gave me such a heavy, unmistakable insight into what matters in the grand scheme of reality. When your foundation crumbles into your hands and the sand starts slipping through your fingers, it isn’t as hard anymore to identify your needs. All you want is to find your footing. You become keenly and excruciatingly aware of your smallness and insufficiency. I remember during this time I prayed that something big would happen to me—a car accident or a scary diagnosis—that would shock me into a state of rightness and fullness. I have never been so thirsty as I was in this season.
Our patterns of drinking from insufficient springs will always leave us dehydrated. We always end up realizing our petty goals and pursuits cannot satisfy us, and we will never be able to avoid that or pretend it isn’t true. The ultimate thing is not pleasure, aesthetics, success, knowledge, adventure, productivity, personal victory, or relational security. We need to trust in Christ’s sufficiency. He must be our priority.
Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. I praise Your sovereignty, love, and power. I am so undeserving of Your affection. Yet, You chose me in Christ in spite of my sin and inability, and You have been sanctifying me ever since. Please reveal to my clouded heart and mind what my biggest need is: to be reconciled to You, to glorify You, and to enjoy You forever. Grant me this desire and empower me to bear fruit from it. Show me the folly of my idolatry, whatever it may take the form of. I come to You with this need, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
What things or people are you prone to trust in to meet your greatest needs? What goals or endeavors do you tend to prioritize above the knowledge and love of Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life? Think of at least one way in which these idolatries can change or fail you, and identify how these desires can be redeemed in Christ.
Jessica is a native to the Appalachian mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, although she now resides in northern Virginia with her husband. She has been a lover of reading since elementary school and a lover of Christ since high school. She is a full time English major, in hopes that her studies will help her more effectively minister to other through written words. Her favorite things in the world are British tea, old books, autumn leaves, dry humor, and rainy weather. Her goal as a writer is to demonstrate how the Gospel, objective truth, and sound theology are not only applicable, but essential, to all aspects of life as a woman, especially in a world that celebrates sin, false doctrine, and self-sufficiency.