Having our physical needs met is not enough. We long for the needs of our hearts to be fulfilled. We long for security, significance, and love. Every one of us is thirsty. Unfortunately, many of us are deceived about where to find what will truly satisfy.

Some dream of finding fulfillment by finding the right husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend. Others believe they will find it in wealth, power or prestige. What will fill the void? Friendships? Career? Religion? Pornography? Drugs? Alcohol?

The world can provide everything to us--except what we really need. God has designed us in such a way that our hearts will never be satisfied without Him. Listen to His words:

Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves with rich nourishment. Incline your ear and come to Me; hear, that your soul may live (Isaiah 55:1-3).

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).

A well can be either a cistern or a spring. A cistern is a well that is unable to produce its own water. It can only hold water that is put into it. A spring, on the other hand, is a continuous source of water that is ready for drinking. The phrase, the spring of living water, speaks of Christ--the only well that can satisfy man's basic needs.

Satisfaction from broken cisterns is not only superficial, it is also temporary. The tragedy is that many people go from one broken cistern to another and never discover the spring of living water.

Why are people digging cisterns? Because they’re still thirsty. They’re not yet satisfied and they believe that these cisterns can give them what they are searching for. For example, in Jn. 4:7-30,39-42 Jesus speaks to the woman about living water and her thirst. Jesus revealed that her dependence on the "wells" of sex and religion clearly had not satisfied her. The Samaritan woman's response was to run to tell others she had encountered the Christ. From her testimony, others came to believe in Christ as the only well that could satisfy.

When we believe we can meet our own needs, we are unwilling to let Christ give us life. These passages, along with many others, give us an opportunity to face our idols. We can begin to see their ugliness and the way we have tried to find fulfillment in everything else but God. We are then in a position to confess our independent spirit, repent from the "cisterns" that cannot meet our needs, and turn to Christ, the fountain of living water.

Jesus said, "If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink!"

"Come, taste and see that the Lord is good!"


Adapted by Jamie Lash from John Hatfield’s article
in Discipleship Journal, Sept.'93







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