“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)
From an eternal perspective, it is critical we depend on the right source for life. And that source is Jesus Christ. Because we live in a deceptive world, it is possible try and receive our strength and life from the wrong source.
This passage from Jeremiah reminds us that only God is the true spring of living water. He is the source of life that sustains and endures.
Just as in the days of Jeremiah, many people today have abandoned the spring of living water. Instead, they seek satisfaction from the perishable values of this world. The love of this world is the lure that can lead to destruction and the loss of eternal reward. Families get sacrificed for careers. At the end of a career, retirees do not know what to do with themselves. Some invest their time, talent, and treasure in the temporary values of this world, not realizing the eternal cost of doing so. These people are building for themselves broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
The longer we live, the more we begin to appreciate the fact that we are only passing through this world. Everything is temporary. Time flies by. People are always on the move. We are constantly in a period of transition. We want to remember: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remainsforever” (1 John 2:15–17).
May all of us be wise enough to drink at the spring of living water.
Today, ask yourself: In what ways am I drinking from the spring of living water