Jeremiah 2:13 is one of my favorite allegorical passages about God in the Bible. He compares himself to “living water.” Jesus later fulfills this metaphor and tells a Samaritan woman that he can give her water that will make her never thirst again (John 4). God draws the comparison of drinking out of a broken cistern—or well—to trying to find satisfaction and stability in this broken world. But how do we drink from the cistern of living water? Well, God continually connects Himself and His presence to His word (John 1, Exodus 25:22). So, in order to drink from God’s well, we soak ourselves in his word.
I have a sad confession to make: I usually prefer to take pictures of the cistern, read about the cistern, talk about how great the cistern is, and keep people from slandering the cistern than actually taking my cup and swallowing the cool water that can satisfy my soul. Even when I am dying of dehydration and my mouth is so dry that I can barely talk, my stubbornness and pride keep me from drinking.
I know I am not the only one who does this. So I hope that this confession spurs you to do what I myself need to do. Plunge our faces deep into the well and drink… before dehydration kills us off.
My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. (Jeremiah 2:13)