Living Water

Jeremiah 2:4-13

“Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.
Thus says the Lord:
What wrong did your ancestors find in me
that they went far from me,
and went after worthless things, and became
worthless themselves?
They did not say, “Where is the Lord
who brought us up from the
land of Egypt,
who led us in the wilderness,
in a land of deserts and pits,
in a land of drought and deep darkness,
in a land that no one passes through,
where no one lives?”
I brought you into a plentiful land
to eat its fruits and its good things.
But when you entered you
defiled my land,
and made my heritage an
The priests did not say, “Where is
the Lord?”
Those who handle the law did not know me;
the rulers transgressed
against me;
the prophets prophesied by Baal,
and went after things that
do not profit.
Therefore once more I accuse
says the Lord,
and I accuse your children’s children.
Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and
send to Kedar and examine with care;
see if there has ever been such a thing.
Has a nation changed its gods,
even though they are no gods?
But my people have changed
their glory
for something that does not
Be appalled, O heavens, at this,
be shocked, be utterly
says the Lord,
for my people have committed
two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living water,
and dug out cisterns for
cracked cisterns
that can hold no water.”

There is a great human tendency to worship the things we make ourselves. It’s kind of self-worship, really. It is employed most often by those with the weakest ego-structures. If they don’t get the adulation they think these deserve or can control, they make something or do something that makes them legends in their own minds. Jeremiah reminds us that this process of self-adulation and manipulation has a long and sad history that always ends with dry wells that serve the needs of no one.

God’s well of living water never runs dry, cannot fail to refresh a sagging spirit or weary soul. Cheers!

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