“For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of Living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13 NASB).
Looking at this verse I couldn’t help thinking of the story of the woman at the well in John 4. Jesus told the woman “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”
While there are many, many lessons to learn from this story for now I just wanted to point out one. Just as God spoke through Jeremiah many years earlier, Jesus tells this woman she has been attempting to find her life source from a broken cistern. Her many husbands, and the man she is currently living with, couldn’t, and were not meant, to satisfy her deepest thirst. This is why Jesus invited her to drink from the well He had to offer. He said, “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” You see Christ is the only one who can provide for our deepest needs. What’s even better than that is He promised, not only we would never thirst, but water would spring up so others might come and get their thirst quenched too.
I am discovering more each day how we are mislead. We expect jobs, houses, spouses, siblings etc. to fill a void, or need in us, only Jesus himself can fill. This is when disappointment sets in. When we look to these “broken cisterns” to quench our thirst, we will always be disappointed. The good news is God already knows this and is in fact counting on it because generally it is only after one source runs dry that we will seek another.
A friend of mine, Burt Rosenberg, once told a story about couples. He said, “when a man and woman get married without Christ they will be like two ticks with no dog. They will eventually suck the life out of each other because they are in need of a greater source. What they need is a dog. If two ticks are getting their life’s blood from the dog, rather than each other, they will be fulfilled.” What do you say we take Jesus up on His offer of Living Water?