Don’t Forsake the Fountain of Living Waters

New JerusalemThe Triune God flows the rich supply of eternal life to all who receive. This flow was first portrayed by the river in the garden of Eden. It continues through both the Old Testament and the New Testament to consummate in the river of water of life flowing from the throne in New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1-2). This post continues looking at this flow in the Old Testament.

Jeremiah 2:13 says, “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew out for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, which hold no water.” Jeremiah 17:13 tells us again that Jehovah is “the fountain of living waters.”

The Old Testament is often considered a shadow of the New Testament realities. Yet in Jeremiah we do not find a picture, but the Triune God is the fountain. This fountain flows out living waters for us to drink. The Lord warns us that to forsake Him as the fountain is an evil act. Dear Lord, keep us drinking of Yourself every day so that Your living waters may flow through us.

The other evil in Jeremiah 2 is hewing out cisterns. These cisterns are whatever or wherever we seek satisfaction apart from the Lord. Our cisterns could be entertainment, a nice home, video games, advancing in a career, winning an award, or so many other goals. If our source is anything other than the Triune God, it is a cistern.

We are warned that whatever we hew out for ourselves are broken cisterns which do not hold water (representing satisfaction, assurance, supply). These cisterns are the product of human effort in contrast to the Triune God Himself as fountain, the source of eternal supply. May we turn from our own efforts and cry out with thanksgiving to the Lord so that we may drink of the living waters and rejoice.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

Related post: Enjoying God as the Fountain of Living Waters and Helping Others to also Drink Him

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