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Broken Wells

August 10, 2015

One day my attention was drawn to the book of Jeremiah, where we find God telling his people that they had committed two sins. Through the prophet Jeremiah, he says, “They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water” (Jeremiah 2:13). This is so serious that in the previous verse the Lord says, “Be appalled at this, you heavens, and shudder with great horror.”

I wondered how have we forsaken God and dug on own wells?

It happens when we look for satisfaction in things—like work, drink, food, approval, experiences—rather than looking to Jesus. We forsake him when we want to live life without trusting him and his ways. No wonder the heavens are appalled. The angels are more aware than we are of how gracious and merciful God is and how eager he is to fill us with his enabling power if we will receive it from him. That we’d disregard him, or not trust his goodness, is so unthinkable they shudder with horror.

Jesus is to be our well, our source. He says to us, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink” (John 7:37). He is like water to us—sustaining, refreshing and empowering us, the only one who can give us peace, contentment and satisfaction.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith