“‘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).

reflect

Jeremiah documented God’s heartache as He watched His beloved people pursue emptiness while He was offering them endless fulfillment.

Instead of choosing God and running toward the life-giving water of His presence, His people poured their energy and resources into futile, broken ambitions. Those cracked cisterns were never going to be able to sustain or fulfill God’s people, and yet they continued to put their hope in emptiness.

They looked to barren wells to provide what only God could give them.

This season of waiting and watching has revealed many of the empty wells we’ve been digging. For years, we’ve poured into our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies, our status, our savings and every other thing that we’ve hoped could satisfy us. And now we see more clearly that those wells have left us dry and thirsty.

As we move forward into a new season, we don’t have to spend any more time digging broken cisterns. We can drink deeply from the living water that we’ve been offered through Christ.

react

1. What things in your life do you give a lot of time and energy toward?

2. Can you think of examples of times when those investments left you empty instead of fulfilled?

3. Why do we continue in patterns that are often broken and leave us unfulfilled?

4. What does it look like to start investing time and energy in finding our fulfillment in Christ?

Israel and exile

>Israel split into two nations after the reign of King Solomon. The Northern Kingdom was called Israel. The Southern Kingdom was called Judah. Of the 12 tribes, 10 made up Israel in the North while two created Judah.

>At the time of Jeremiah, Israel belonged to Assyria, and Babylon was quickly becoming the new world superpower.

>The Israelites were terrible at loving God. Israel was caught in a cycle of forgetting God, worshiping other gods, being punished by God, repenting so God would save them, then forgetting about Him all over again.

>Israel struggled to change so they could live as God’s people. They wanted to be like everyone else.