Summary: the danger of misplaced trust in things instead of in trusting God.
Primary Purpose: The danger of misplaced trust in things instead of in God.
Most of us know how important water is to sustain life. I’ll never need
a rain gauge. Every time it rains and I come to church somebody is telling me
how many inches of rain they got. We know it’s important for the animals in
the field, the crops and for us as well. It provides nourishment and life. The
human body is mostly water. We can survive without food for 40 days or
more, but we can’t go long without water. This is what God is saying about
Himself here in Jeremiah 2:13,19. He is the streams in the desert, the springs
of living water. (Read Scripture)
This is not the first time God has used this analogy in scripture.
Symbolically, it can be seen in Exodus 17:5-6. Moses and the people of God
are in the desert and they are complaining that there is no water. God directs
Moses to a special rock from which water pours. This is symbolic of Christ.
Christ is our rock and from Him waters of life flow. Jesus calls us to Himself
to drink of His water. John 7:37-38 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me
and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of
living water will flow from within him.”
I. God accuses the people of rejecting Him as the source of living water for
themselves. The water symbolizes:
1. Life- real abundant life comes only from Him. Only through Him and
knowing Him can we experience the abundance that He wishes for us to
have. Most of us resemble more the withered branches and grass of a land of
drought because we aren’t spending time with him, we aren’t depending on
HIm, we aren’t trusting Him.
2. Nourishment- Jesus said that man does not live by bread alone. Just as
our physical bodies need food, our spiritual bodies need spiritual food. That
food is the Word of God. Most of us are eating only once a week. We look
like people starving to death, slowly. We don’t share because we have
nothing to share. The table is full, but we refuse to eat. How dangerous and
foolish is that. Jesus encourages us to come to the table and eat.
II. God accuses the people of misplaced trust. He says the things you trust in
are like broken cisterns. They can’t hold water. You reject what is best and
put your faith in what is weak. God tells them this is to their own harm. God
says it is evil and bitter for you when you forsake the Lord and have no awe
What are some things that are broken cisterns today you might ask? I think it
can be anything that we place our trust in that isn’t Christ. For some it may
be church membership. For others it may be a baptism experience. For some
it may be church attendance or good works. For others it could be serving the
church. It can be something good or bad. But, if it isn’t Christ, then it’s a
broken cistern that I have put my faith in. Have you put your full faith and
trust in the living waters. Are you going to those waters and filling up your
spirit on a regular daily basis? Or are you more like the starving man that has