If you cannot already tell… well.. I am captivated by Jeremiah 2:13. It is as powerful a practical passage as I have ever read.
Jeremiah 2:13 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.
That we thirst is human. We are fallen — and we live in a fallen world. We will thirst… for reason, for significance, for security, and for relationship. We are incomplete, here and now, in this place where we temporarily reside. On this, I think by now we can all agree.
But now is the time to do some back correction. We need to stop and consider something. We can dwell upon our thirst to be sure. But, it is much more noble to dwell upon the one who provided the water that saved you from the death of dehydration. When one is traveling through the desert, parched and near collapse — well, yes, long after the fact they will remember that thirst and what it felt like. But… far more, that person will remember who it was who gave them the water that brought them to health.
Let us stop this morning and remember Christ. He who served your hell sentence. He who has given you all the good that you possess. Your faith? A gift from God because of Christ. Your obedience? A gift from God because of Christ. Your joy, your peace, your security, your significance, your purpose — your everything? All undeserved gifts from God because of Christ, applied to you by God the Holy Spirit.
Yes… remember the thirst. It teaches us just how great the gift of Living Waters really is. It then places in proper perspective just how wonderful the giver of that water is.