Where do you get your water?
Today as I prayed for a man that I know, Jeremiah 2:13 came to mind. This is how it reads in the Message Bible paraphrase: “My people have committed a compound sin: they’ve walked out on me, the fountain of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns – cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves.” The King James version says it this way: “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
The man of whom I speak, attends church with his wife on occasion. He knows “of” the One who lives, but does not “know” Him. She knows Jesus personally and has given Him her heart and her life. She has found “The Fountain” of life giving water and her soul is satisfied; she desires and prays that her husband would find the peace that only comes from knowing Jesus, the Fountain of Living Water. Alas, a troubled soul has no peace, it constantly searches for something, it does not know what, it deadens itself with substances, or it runs from the aching void within, hoping to still the gnawing thirst of the soul. Yet, God created man to only be satisfied with relationship with Himself.
How many people have “hewed them out cisterns” that hold no water? There are many forms of cisterns people use to find comfort for their soul, but in the end they all crack and leak, because there is only one thing that can provide what the soul of a man needs. That one thing is Jesus.
What is a cistern? It is a holding tank for rain water. If there was no rain, there was no water in the cistern.
When I was a child, I lived on a farm with my maternal grand-parents. Outside of the house was a concrete holding tank that caught rain water, this was a cistern. It was this water that we used to wash our hair. I recall my grandmother putting salt into the cistern, she said, to make it soft. In our day we have water softeners in our homes to which salt is added for softening.
In the Jeremiah passage, God speaks of Himself as the Fountain of living water. What is a fountain? A fountain is like a flowing well.
Some years ago, my husband and I lived with our sons on a property that had several springs that fed a creek, which in turn ran down to the town below. The towns people did not have to pump the water out of a well, they did not have to depend upon rain to fill a cistern, they only had to tap into the flowing fountain that came from the springs, and they had all the water they needed.
God has provided everything we need for this life on planet Earth. He is the source of the Spring of life. To drink from this well is to be satisfied, and as Jesus told the woman at the well, never to thirst again. Yet, how many look to other sources for the satisfaction that can only be found in Him?
If you are among the disillusioned, if you put your head upon the pillow at night and feel that something is just not quite right, You may want to consider where you get your water. There are many cisterns out there. Their promise is sustenance for your life. The problem is that once you have placed your trust in them, you are still thirsty and you feel like there is more…and there is.
Come to The Fountain, there is a vast supply, if you are thirsty, you will not be denied. Jesus is the Fountain of Life that our Father in Heaven has supplied.
My prayer: May you come to know Him who loves you more than you could possibly imagine.