“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, NIV)
Many people in the secular world look for life in the wrong places. Believers always need to be on their guard to avoid making this same mistake.
Notice this verse begins with “My people.” They are accused of making to two big mistakes: forsaking the true source of life and looking to alternate sources for meeting their needs.
The people of Jeremiah’s time had forgotten that God is the only true living source of life. Jesus tells us to abide in him so that he can abide in us.
By not reading, eating, and living the Word of God, we abandon the source of the living power and nourishment we need to live abundantly in this world.
The fallout from abandoning regular reading of the Word is like building broken cisterns that fail to hold water. We run the danger of looking elsewhere for other things to give us the life we are looking for to fulfill us.
Jonah learned this truth when he deliberately refused to obey God: “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs” (Jonah 2:8, NIV84). Grace includes the life of fulfillment that God has for us. By forsaking God and clinging to the false idols of this perishable world, we miss out on the best God has for us.
It is good to remember, “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink’ ” (John 7:37, NIV84).
He is the source of life and the fountain of living waters. He says, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life” (John 6:63, NIV).
Today, ask yourself:
Am I looking to Jesus Christ as the source of my life?