For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water.
—Jeremiah 2:13

The first and biggest mistake anyone can make is to forsake or ignore God, or act as though He doesn’t exist. This is what the people Jeremiah wrote about in today’s verse had done. Later in the same chapter that contains this verse, God says, My people have forgotten Me, days without number (Jeremiah 2:32). What a tragedy; it sounds as though God is sad or perhaps even lonely.

I sure wouldn’t like it if my children forgot about me. I never go many days without talking to each of them. I have one son who travels extensively with the ministry. Even when he is overseas, he calls me every few days. I remember a time when Dave and I had dinner with one of our sons two evenings in a row. Yet the next day he called just to see what we were doing and to ask if we wanted to do something together the following evening. He also called to simply say that he and his wife really appreciate all the things we do to help them. These are the kinds of things that help build and maintain good relationships.

Sometimes the little things mean the most. My children’s actions let me know that they love me. Even though I know with my mind that they love me, it sure is good to also feel their love.

That is the way God is with us, His beloved children. He may know we love Him, but He also likes to experience our love for Him through our actions, especially our remembering Him and our desire to spend time with Him.