Cisterns and fountains

For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns – broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13

Why is it that men will forsake the fountain in favor of the cistern?

With the fountain there is an endless supply, not just of water, but of living water.  A never ending source and an unmatched quality.  There is no effort to be expended in order to drink your fill, except that which is necessary to come to the fountain.

Yet we humans, always desiring to attain by the works of our own hands, reject that which is freely offered in favor of that which we can produce by the sweat of our brow……even when the quality is so terribly inferior and the end result imminently unsatisfying.  At the fountain we are offered water of life.  All the cistern can offer is something stale and stagnant.

So how are those cisterns working out for you?  What cisterns, you ask?

How about the cistern of religious activity that we choose instead of the fountain of encountering God?

How about the cistern of saying prayers that replaces the fountain of real soul travail that touches heaven?

How about the cistern of singing worship songs instead of the fountain of true worship in spirit and truth that pours itself out at the feet of Jesus?

Dig with all your might the cistern of your choice.  Meanwhile all of heaven is astonished at our foolishness.  Will we never learn that only at the fountain of our precious Lord Jesus will we ever find satisfaction?  Or will we go on ever building cisterns….and ever thirsting?

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