Stop Digging Wells

7 Jun

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“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13 NKJV)

God loves to use metaphors to get his point across. As our Creator, He knows that pictures and stories have lasting impact and people with an ear toward heaven will hear the meaning behind the word picture.

In Jeremiah 2 God is painting a picture of the downfall of His people. He reminds them that He is Yahweh Jireh – the God who provides. He provided for them physically as well as spiritually as He called them out if slavery in Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey. But over generations the people turned away.

As the fountain of living water God is the source of Israel’s very life. Christ talks about this living water with the woman at the well. He tells her that The living water that He freely gives quenches our spiritual thirst perfectly. There is no need to look further for meaning and satisfaction; just come and drink.

The Israelites were camped around the fountain of living water and could go into it and splash around any time they wanted. But instead they walked into the spiritual desert and began to dig holes looking for water. It makes no sense. They put themselves through agony and discouragement as each hole failed to bubble up the refreshing cool water they needed for their parched souls.

We do the same thing today. God invites us to drink from the fountain of living water, yet we say, “No thanks. I’m just going to take my shovel and find my own water.” How foolish we are.

Dear child of mine. Are you thirsty? Come and drink. I delight in you. I will never fail or forsake you! -Max Lucado

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