Living Waters

December 2, 2021

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.

               Most of us know of Christ the living waters.  No doubt most of us have came and drank from the wells of salvation.  Quite probably many of us have made our vows to God as Jeremiah 2:20-22 says.  “For of old time I have broken thy yoke, [and] burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, [yet] thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.” 

We have experienced the deliverance and salvation that God has brought into our lives.  We have tasted that He is good and has brought us out of our darkness and bondage into the light of His truth.  The question we must ask ourselves today is, “Have I become like Israel?  Have I lost fear of God and am I playing the spiritual harlot pursuing my own loves, pleasures and interests?  Have I turned aside from the living waters to again drink of the miry waters of wickedness and sin? 

               A cistern is a vessel for storing water.  What are we storing up in our souls?  Have we become cracked pots that can not longer store or hold on to the life of God?  Has sin and selfishness come into our hearts so that the life has leaked out of us?  If so, we have the exhortation to repent and turn again to the living waters of God’s Word and Life or our wickedness will bring judgement upon us.  Jeremiah 2:19 says, “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that [it is] an evil [thing] and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear [is] not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.” 

               Where is our heart today?  Do we fear the Lord and approach His throne each day in reverence and prayer?  Is He still the object of our affection and the One we commune with as we go about our daily living?  Do we drink from the wells of salvation daily and renew our strength in Him or is He becoming a byword, a label, an empty symbol of a once held faith and confidence? 

             Father is continually challenging us to check our hearts, our motives and our lives.  He tells us to judge ourselves that we are not judged.  He has given us His Word and Spirit to reprove and correct us, but our hearts must be tender enough to receive correction and turn from evil.  Sin will callous and harden our hearts and we can easily become as Jeremiah says in 2:24, “You are like a wild donkey, sniffing the wind at mating time. Who can restrain her lust? Those who desire her don’t need to search, for she goes running to them!”

 Have we become headstrong, bent on our own way, because we do not want to forsake our sin?  Has pleasure taken us down a wrong path, but we don’t want to turn out of it.  We have to choose this day who we will serve.  The end of sin is always death and the place where our thirst is never quenched. 

               Is it our day to turn back to the Lord with our whole heart, to fear Him and return from our wickedness and self-pursuits?  Father loves you, Christ died for you and you are the object of His affection and desire.  Come back and abide at the wells of salvation and drink again the living water of His grace and mercy.  Repair the cracks and breaches where sin has enter in.  Cover them in repentance and with the blood of Jesus.  His arms are open to the prodigals that have gone away from Him.  Return to Him while there is still time.



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