Two evils my people have done: they have forsaken me, the source of living waters; They have dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Jeremiah 2:13 NABRE
In Jeremiah’s time there is much debate about whether or not to make alliances with Assyria or Egypt to ensure survival in the face of hostile foreign powers. The prophet regards such pacts as being of no real use, and points to the idolatry that may arise through contact with foreigners. The people’s fascination with the waters and lands of Egypt and Assyria indicates the pull exercised by those great powers on Israel. God has taken care of His people, He has given them beautiful land of their own, yet Israel has turned away from Him and gone after idols. Not acknowledging their sin, the Lord warns them if they do not change, they will be brought low. We read of an image of broken cisterns unable to hold water, instead of trusting in the Lord the people want to rely on themselves and earthly things. God is present in their lives, He sends His Spirit to support and guide but the people abandon their faith and no longer accept the protection of God, they reject God and are not enlightened.
Jesus has called Himself living waters, here the prophet puts those same words on the lips of God. Jesus says if we drink the living waters He provides we will never thirst again. Jeremiah is sharing a message; God is all whom we search for and until we seek and receive God we will never be satisfied. Attaining earthly goods is like water leaking out of a bottle, there is nothing in the bottle to satisfy our thirst. It is only the living waters of God that is the source of a satisfied life.
What do you thirst for? Have you drank living water?God is all whom we search for, until we receive God we will never be satisfied. Attaining earthly goods is like water leaking out of a bottle, there is only emptiness which will not satisfy our thirst. Seek the living waters of God for a satisfied life. Click To Tweet
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