The Lord gave Jeremiah instructions on what to tell His people. In chapter 2 of Jeremiah we read of him reminding the Israelites of many of the blessings they had received from God and the care that He had given them. His words left no question about how He felt about their forsaking Him. “Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:12-13) Living waters would be referring to a spring of running water that never ceased. Here He is using “living waters” to mean His power and all that He provides to His people. A cistern was a container for storing water that obviously would only provide a limited supply of water. He is using the term cistern to stand for worldly things which we know are short lived. It could be idols, human pride, money, or anything that has been wrongly put ahead of love for God and service to Him. We can see His point here, why would anyone choose something that is soon to run out over something that will last for eternity.
Today’s reading: Jeremiah 1-3