In the wilderness God gave His people food and water. These were symbols of God Himself. Away from slavery, back to the source, they were eating and drinking of God Himself.
God wants His people to find their source of life in Him. But so often rather than going to the Source for their living water, Israel wanted to control their water supply. Just like Adam and Eve deciding against God by reaching for fruit on their own terms, they found their own way of providing for their needs, and it killed them.
‘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 gives a stark warning for all of us who feel like turning away from the spring of living water. Our own innovations and man made systems can become cisterns, controlling the ebullient, gushing, sharp, fresh, untameable life of the Spirit.
Let’s ask God to reveal to us our broken cisterns, and let’s pray for one another. Let’s speak in tongues, let’s let the river flow.