…my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Idolatry is a big churchy word that never really had much of an impact on me. When I thought of idolatry I always thought of the golden calf in Exodus, or the various idols/temples found in places like India or China. It turns out idolatry is more than that. It’s a condition of your heart and what your inner self desires.
God is the ultimate source of joy. He offers living waters. If you drink from him, you shall never thirst again (John 4:13-14). Lately when I think of idolatry, I think of the very physical concept of thirst. I love coffee. I would drink it all day if I could, but there comes a time when coffee doesn’t satisfy. You become thirstier the more you drink and eventually dehydrate. If I keep going back to coffee for my hydration I will eventually get sick because my body isn’t craving coffee…it’s craving WATER. There is nothing more satisfying than a cup of water. But why? Why do we crave water for hydration? Simple. Our bodies are made up of anywhere between 65-78% water. It is a very important part of our physical body.
I think Jesus had a good grasp on this. Drink from this world, you will be thirsty again…Drink from me, the fountain of living waters, and you will never be thirsty again.
Much like our physical bodies want to be hydrated, our spiritual bodies want to be hydrated as well.
Please take a second to reflect on what your worldly passion is. What do you go to “Hydrate” or refresh yourself. What is your worldly water? I’ll leave some examples:
- Good Food
- Alcohol/being “buzzed”/Drunk
- Self perception
- Body image
- Working out
- looking good or dressing well
- knowing the “latest and greatest”
- The need to be or feel loved
Can you think of a time that you were satisfied with your “go to water” source?
I can not think of one time that my worldly passions satisfied me for more that a few minutes or hours.
These are “broken cisterns”, much like the verse in Jeremiah at the top of this post.
A cistern is a type of trench that is dug out to hold fresh water (very important to our Old Testament friends in the desert area). If a cistern is broken, it holds very little water and the water it holds is very dirty.
The LORD declared in Jeremiah 2:13 that the people had forsaken Him and dug their own cistern which were broken. He labeled this as evil. Perhaps even treason against Him.
I imagine if you drink dirty water, you will not hydrate very well.
Think of the list I gave earlier (and think of your source of hydration if it didn’t’ make the list)
Dehydration can cause death, and ultimately I was spiritually dehydrated and on my way to death.
For me, a desire to love and be loved took place of God. Because of my idolatry of marriage and relationships, I was never satisfied. I didn’t let God provide the Living Water my soul desired. I dug my own trench filled with sewage water and tried to find satisfaction. Much like the woman at the well, Jesus offers living water to satisfy us. I’m thankful he continued to offer the living water in my rebellious state.
Take a moment to reflect…are you drinking from a broken cistern expecting it to give you satisfaction? You’re drinking yourself to death. You will always return to the same cistern trying to hydrate. I invite you to repent and turn to Jesus, the ultimate source of Joy and Satisfaction. He offers up fountains of living water. If you drink from Him, you will never be thirsty again.
Lets leave our broken cisterns and turn to Jesus. Reject “Spiritual dehydration”, Repent and turn to Him.
Scripture to Consider:
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
John 7: 37-39
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.Whoever believes in me, asf the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”