Living Water or Leaky Cisterns
Jeremiah 2:13 – “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.”
A cistern is an artificial reservoir or underground tank for collecting and storing rainwater. It was used as a visual image to God’s people to ask them to look at their lives. I look in my own life at how easy it is to turn to many things for stability, for peace, comfort or happiness – except the Living God. I can cling to transitory things, activities, other people, work, alcohol, online activity or games, even my own self-effort of good works to try to make me feel better, buoyed, right or happy.
God calls me out with this image, calls this way of living as building a leaky cistern – it’ll always run out, the water may grow foul. Seeking Him is where I will find what I am looking for despite my circumstances and surroundings.
I can visualize ways I do ... Continue Reading.
Thinking of myself as a sheep (from the last two Sundays’ sermons) is both encouraging and laughably realistic. I am thankful for this not-so-flattering metaphor because it keeps me from taking myself too seriously – a fault that trips me up often. This is not to take our sinful natures lightly – but it takes away the self-condemnation and puts it in the perspective God wants.
Not living in a rural culture, the metaphor takes a while to sink in, but it is still a powerful one. Certainly following the voice of my Shepherd is my goal in life because I know whose side I want to be on and to follow. I know who is for my good. I know who knows better than I.
But I have a found a distinguishing characteristic of this particular sheep (me) – and some of you may relate – that I just don’t want to FOLLOW him at times. I really want to show Him I can take care of myself – to “help Him out.” He’ll like me more that way.... Continue Reading.