A Familiar Problem
“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
People have searched throughout history to find real meaning to life and happiness. This search for significance has led people in so many different directions. Most of these pursuits whether it be money, fame, self-accomplishment, a relationship, or anything that this world has to offer will leave you without real meaning or a lasting hope.
As believers, we also get caught in chasing the wrong things. In Jeremiah 2:13, this age old basic problem is best described. This verse tells us that many times we make two bad choices. First, we do not go to God or rely on Him for all aspects of our lives. The second bad decision we make is that instead of relying on God we choose to rely on something or someone of this world that cannot help us at all.
What is worse is that many times we keep making these mistakes over and over. I know personally of many times in my own life where I have continued over and over to fix the issues of my life with the world’s solutions. At those times, I can tell you that I have never been more personally frustrated.
Albert Einstein made famous the quote that “Insanity is: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” When we continually abandon God for solutions that “cannot hold water” it is, as Einstein says, somewhat insane.
Jeremiah tells us that God is the “fountain of living water” who alone can meet our needs and help us discover real meaning and purpose for our lives. I do not want to live my life dealing with this same old problem that Jeremiah described. Solutions that “cannot hold water” have only left me empty, worn out, and frustrated.
Instead, I want to live my life drinking daily from the “fountain of living water.” My prayer is that God would use Jeremiah 2:13 to refresh your soul and remind you that our real source of hope rests only in a daily, growing relationship with God.