THURSDAY, MARCH 26
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 (NLT2)
Jesus’ thirst on the cross showed us that He was human. We all thirst. It’s part of the human experience. But deeper than physical thirst, there is a soul thirst in each person. Everyone is searching to satisfy their soul with that which will bring love, acceptance, significance, and purpose. The prophet Jeremiah brought judgment on Israel with God’s very own words:
“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 NLT2).
In Bible lands, a cistern was an artificial reservoir which was dug in the earth or hewn in the rock for the collection and storage of water. Cisterns were very important in the land of Israel because of the long dry season and the relatively few natural springs. But a broken cistern was practically worthless. Cracked rock or crumbling masonry could hold only a small quantity of dirty water, or no water at all. Collecting and storing water in a broken cistern was not smart or effective. Instead of having endless supply of water, Israel chose to satisfy their soul thirst with idols that were unsatisfying and worthless.
In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis said, “Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” What will history say about you? Where do you go to get your love, acceptance, significance, and purpose needs met? From your experience, what are some broken cisterns you have tried that have failed to quench your deepest thirsts? Why is Jesus more satisfying that these broken cisterns?
Jesus said that the one who drinks from Him will never thirst (John 4:14). Thank Jesus for sending His Spirit to live inside you to satisfy the deepest longings of your heart.