“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
Well … there it is, the plain simple truth! This in my opinion is the greatest struggle we as caretakers of this earth face today. Humanity seems to wrestle with the reality that first there is a God, and secondly, we seem to think that we can replace him with whatever, and that in doing so we will satisfy this deep longing inside each of us; what Blaise Pascal a 17th century French mathematician said was a “hole” inside of us, and that until we fill up the hole with God we will always remain empty.
“My people”, this implies ownership to me, yet still, for many the question remains; “Is there a God?” Many years ago David the King of Israel put it this way: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1) Today, we not only gaze at the “universe” with our eyes, but through large telescopes that search much deeper, all in an attempt to understand the mystery of life. Having said that, I find it very interesting that we call this living canvas the “universe”; after all, uni means one and verse is verse; the first verse! That’s a reference to Genesis 1:1 in the bible; “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” APPROPRIATELY NAMED!
Or what about the coins in your pocket? Each coin has a year on it. Humanity marks history with a very clear reference to Jesus’s birth as a baby, his death, and his resurrection; his life here on earth! I mean really, how else should you define humanity, but I find it fascinating that Jesus when questioned about paying taxes, makes reference to a coin and the image on it (See Mark 12:14-17), and now, today, Caesars’ image is gone (worldly Kings come and go), but Jesus’s time on this planet with us has become immortalized via the year on a coin; the ultimate mark on the timeline of human existence!
Atheism. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines this as a ‘disbelief in the existence of God.’ To those who say “there is no God” I would simply ask them if they’re really being honest with themselves. Is denial just easier? Perhaps the truth to that question is just … umm, well how do I say this; Maybe you just want to be God! After all, isn’t it really all about what you want?
Broken cisterns. In this verse God says he is the spring of living water, and we all know that water is the key to life. Without it we perish! It’s tragic, that we would create broken cisterns as a means of trying to quench our thirst for him.
Broken cisterns are anything that replaces God, and they can consist of a variety of things. In a sense, it’s like drinking dirty polluted water. Addictions; like alcohol, drugs, gambling, and so on, have in my opinion become the ones that society has deemed as problematic. HOWEVER; and I know some may be offended by this, my list of broken cisterns would even include: Family, someone’s Social Circle, Money, our own Intelligence, Education, Technology, Religion, and even more! In a sense, it’s all medicinal, and I find it so tragic … when we try to establish our Identity in these things, when God has already clearly defined us by calling us his people! How I pray we just return to the fountain of living water!!