Are You Building Your Own Cistern?
You're looking at one star in the middle of a dark sky...
The star stands still while you fly up to it.
As you get closer you see someone standing there holding an object. You can't see what it is so you move even closer. It's a cup that is almost vase shaped.
You watch as the person pours some water into the top of it. -Before the person even finishes pouring the water is flowing out parts of the sides and the bottom!
You watch the person get upset and go for more water to fill the cup.
You're still watching but you slowly start to float back away from the star into space.
All of the sudden you stop and watch water float right by the star. It just continues to flow right on past this person that is still upset over the holes in the container...
Do you realize that we humans are too good at fighting to do more to fix a problem -and yet sometimes we miss the flow of the best.
God knew this and had it written for us in Jeremiah 2:13:
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
The First Evil
Let's look at the first evil. God's people have left Him. He is the fountain of living water. God doesn't have any holes... The flow keeps on continuing from Him with no end...
The Second Evil
The second evil is God's people hewing their own cisterns...
To really understand this verse we need to understand the words that were used. The word 'hewed' means chopped, hacked, or shaped by cutting, and made smooth.
The word 'cistern' in the Strong's Greek and Hebrew dictionary means container.
It does sound like it can take a lot of work to make one cistern though! The chopping or hacking away at it to make it smooth doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun.
Yes, it takes work but in the very next sentence God tells us that the cisterns are broken! The containers can't hold any water!
Obviously we want and need water! God provides the best for His kids.
Knowing this why would anyone attempt to create their own ways of making themselves content and happy? The religions, the diets, and even the schedules operate to help someone. If we are going to help ourselves, shouldn't we go to the living water?
It's when we sit in the flow of living water we get to be filled with the love, joy, and peace of Father God!
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