The Enduring Cistern

Jeremiah 2:13 (ESV)

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.

“The trouble with good advice is that it usually interferes with your plans.” [1]We love to make plans. We may follow the good advice. Oscar Wilde[2] didn’t, “I always pass on good advice. … It is never of use to oneself.” That speaks to today’s passage. “They have forsaken me (God), the fountain of living waters, and hewn out cisterns broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Cisterns are vessels made to hold water, often rain water. I see cisterns to be like advice. Some advice is good and holds water; other advice (broken cistern) cannot hold water. God’s people had turned to foreign idols and worldly voices, broken cisterns. The disappointment when we find our cistern is empty, the advice we depended upon proven bad, and the source, too. Jeremiah wants us to know that God will forever hold the living water, the advice we need, the guidance we can count upon, and will always be here to offer such refreshment for our weary souls. Are you drinking from a broken cistern? Jesus said, “but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never thirst” (John 4:14) Making plans? Seeking good advice? Remember, Christ is the enduring cistern.

“Chasing after worthlessness, they became worthless.”


[1] Unknown author

[2] Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900, Irish poet and playwright.

About Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Hodges is an ordained minister, pastoring a church in central Virginia.
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