God sent the prophet, Jeremiah, to give a revelation to his people…
For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me – the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all.
~ Jeremiah 2:13 NLT
This is the story of all of us. We’ve all walked away and gone astray from God’s intended direction for our lives. And we’ve all created substitute sources of fulfillment that can never quite satisfy our thirsty souls.
You see it in the guy who obsessively plays video games, or the man who looks at porn, or the woman who bounces from one relationship to the next. It manifests as promiscuity, as chronic manipulation, as unethical practices with money, and on and on the list goes.
You can even see it in the religious, sometimes – those who are in constant pursuit of another experience, or who determine to play by all the rules rather than pursuing a personal relationship with Jesus.
We’ve all done this. We’ve wandered away from the fountain of living water and our brokenness becomes evident eventually. We are unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and unable to patch all the holes on our own.
Thankfully, God is faithful and merciful. He continues to offer himself as living water. He receives to himself anyone who will come by faith.
He is, for all of us, the living water we need so desperately on our journey through a dry and parched wilderness.
Fanny Crosby wrote,
Come with your sins to the fountain,
Come with your burden of grief;
Bury them deep in its waters,
There you will find a relief.
All it takes is a simple prayer…
God, I’m sorry I’ve been trying to find purpose and fulfillment in… in money, in sex, in shallow relationships, in gossip, or even in religion… I’m coming back to you, God! Give me all you desire to offer me – fill me up to overflowing with your power and presence in my life. I’m leaving behind the broken cisterns and I’m coming home to you for grace and mercy and truth, believing that you desire to give me those things and more! I’m trusting Jesus, once and for all, as my one and only source of real, eternal life!