Why are we so quick to abandon the One thing that can truly satisfy? Why do we try to find satisfaction in everything else?
A cistern [defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary] is an underground container used to collect and store rainwater, or an artificial reservoir for storing water. Artificial. It is not natural or real. It is made or produced to seem like something natural, but it is not happening or existing naturally. It is created or caused by people. It is not sincere. Not the truth. Not genuine.
We live in a society that loves to be artificial. The ‘consumer market’ is so quick to leave out the all-natural ingredients and opts for artificial colors and flavors and sweeteners. And why? Because it is cheap to produce, and we buy into it. It sells.
The cistern was an artificial reservoir, created by persons, and prone to corruption and disease. And the cisterns spoken of here in Jeremiah were not even functional; they were cracked and broken. And most notably, cisterns are not sustainable.
If something is to be considered sustainable, it is able to be used without being completely depleted up or destroyed. It is a natural resource that will continue throughout time.
God has always been there, offering Himself for us to draw from. He is the only genuine and sustainable source. He can fill the void within our soul that nothing else can. And yet we too often look to other things to “fulfill” us.
There is an account found in the 4th chapter of the book of John, verses 1-30, known as “The Woman at the Well.” I will not post all the scripture here, but I would urge you to read the account for yourself. However, I would like to highlight a few of the verses.
Let me set the scene. Jesus was traveling and He stopped in a village in Samaria. There He waited by a well, where a Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus asked her to give Him a drink, opening up a conversation with her. This woman knew the social customs of the time, and because it was considered improper for Him to associate with her, she was surprised He made this request. But Jesus knows how to get our attention!
John 4:10-15 (NLT) Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”  “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?  And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”  Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.  But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”  “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
It was at this point that Jesus revealed Himself to her. He proved that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and He caused her to step out of the lies and dysfunction that she had been living in. What Jesus gave her at that well was the real thing.
John 4:28 (NLT) The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone…
She left her water jar behind! Once she understood the gift God had for her – the living water – she abandoned her reservoir. She left everything that she had once thought fulfilled her needs, her longing, and the emptiness within her. She received the true, sustainable, living, fresh and satisfying water.
Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that He purposes to give us a satisfying life. He will fulfill the longing within us, if we would just let Him.
Psalm 107:9 (NLT) For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
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