Have you ever tried to use a bucket with a hole in it? Pretty useless right? You fill the container, and soon it is empty and you don’t get much for your work. That’s what trying to live without God is like. A whole lot of work for absolutely no reward.
In Jeremiah 2:13, God says, “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.”
Wow, what an image. God explains that His people (by deciding to worship idols and find their fulfillment in them) have turned away from the fountain of living water, and made broken water pots. That can’t even hold water.
Imagine living in a place with limited clean water. You don’t have indoor plumbing and in order to get water you must dig a well. Now, you come upon a spring that brings water to you without any work. You don’t have to dig a well, you don’t have to use a water pot. If you were so fortunate to have a spring of water, wouldn’t you stay by it, live near it, build your house next to it! I would. That’s common sense! That’s what many of us would do.
Moving away from that life giving spring would be pure folly. That is what the Israelites did when they forsook God. And that is what we do every time we turn from God. I challenge you, realize the wisdom in using the fountain of living waters. Don’t try to hydrate your thirsty soul using a broken water pot. Decide to dwell at the fountain of living waters. Let us stay close to God, and treasure Him as the life giving source that He is!