They have forsaken me the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. ~ Jeremiah 2:13
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” ~ John 4:13-14
I’ll never forget the day while a single seminary student living in the good old dormitory of Lincoln Hall.
One particular morning I was overtaken with thirst after a long, Swiss Ave. run with a friend. It was an intense twenty minutes of exercise. Sweat was beading off my forehead. Salt stung my eyes. My face was red as a cherry. And my shirt was so wet with perspiration it looked like I had just walked through the path of a lawn sprinkler.
I desperately needed something to drink. Now normally water would have been my first choice, but this time for some reason I impulsively yanked open the dormitory refrigerator door and happened upon a carton of milk.
It was a nice, cold carton of milk. I knew that would quench my thirst…(or so I thought).
So I quickly popped open the top of the carton and started gulping down the milk. Gulp. Gulp.<pause> Then it hit me. The milk I had impulsively ingested was spoiled! It was no longer in the form of a liquid, but rather soft chunks of curdled, nauseating cream.
It is humorous a story and oh how it pictures a sobering lesson.
In a world of pain and brokenness there are times when our souls feel dry and parched. Then comes the temptation to impulsively ingest whatever we can find in order to experience instant refreshment.
Sadly, we can seek to satisfy the thirst of our soul our way rather than God’s way. Only to experience a sickening, spiritual nausea.
What are you drinking? Is it really something that will satisfy your deepest thirst? Or is it curdled milk, packaged in a nice container?
Take some time to seek our Lord Jesus. And unlike those men and women of Jeremiah’s time quench your thirst His way and drink from the spring of living water.
~ Dr. Scott