"For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water."
In the midst of the Holy Spirit refocusing the body on the supremacy of Christ, I have become more aware of how often I fall short in being fully satisfied in Jesus. The verse above shows exactly why. The root of it is a two part failure:
1) Forsaken (or turned away from) Jesus, the fountain of living waters.
I believe that this might be the greatest lie we are told: that Jesus alone, the only source of living water, will not satisfy you. Every time we are tempted, what's really being told to us is that Jesus isn't enough and some other thing will give you the satisfaction you are seeking. Every time. And so we forsake Him, we don't turn to Him in our temptation and give Him a chance to fill us, satisfy us, show us love, and joy, and pleasure. We run and look for a quick fix. What an outrage, that our minds can be deceived to think the world can fill the void in our lives but Jesus can't!
2) Made our own cisterns to drink from, broken cisterns that hold no water.
One of the most incredible things about our fallen race is that we can try to find life in the same thing a million times, and never once get anything out of it, yet we can continue to try day after day after day to drink from wells that never had any satisfying water to begin with. For some of us this is money, status, lust, relationships, or any number of things, seeking joy in them day after day and always wanting more. Eventually, by faith, we have got to believe God's assessment of what we are sourcing from: He alone is life, everything else apart from Him has no life, and has no ability to fully satisfy.
I pray this week for humble repentant hearts, who by faith can agree with God's assessment of what will satisfy and fill us and what won't, to the point that we can say "All my fountains are in You!" (Psalm 87:7)