Leaking Mugs

I like my coffee.

I have a cup EARLY in the morning when I get up, then later in the morning, as I’m headed out the door, I grab a travel mug with more coffee in it (don’t judge me!).

Not long ago, as I was driving to work with my trusty Detroit Lions travel mug, I took a long sip…and then noticed that I had a leak! The cup was leaking from the lid, and from the bottom…and was not on me!

Leaking cups are no good, so I had to throw my ‘lucky’ Lions mug away.

In life, there are times we trust ‘reservoirs’ that leak.

We choose to depend on things to sustain us, give us joy, define our purpose and provide direction…and those things are faulty. They don’t work.

There is only One who does!

The people of Israel did this too…and as we look for the STREAM of God, we need to learn from them!

Jeremiah 2:11, 13: 

“Has a nation ever changed its gods?
    (Yet they are not gods at all.)
But my people have exchanged their glorious God
    for worthless idols…
“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.”

God brings charges against His people. They have chosen ‘gods’ which are not really ‘Gods’ at all! They are worthless idols.

They have done 2 separate things that are unwise, foolish, and sinful: 1) They have forsaken/rejected/been unfaithful to Him, and 2) they have “dug their own cisterns” that cannot even hold water!

The people of Israel had been fools!

They rejected God–the Spring of Living Water, and chosen instead to dig cisterns on their own to hold water–on their own terms.

Think about it: A stream of fresh flowing, refreshing, clean and satisfying water, or a cistern–a hole in the ground which holds stagnant, stale, lifeless water.

Don’t get me wrong: Cisterns, when properly constructed, have their place. In arid lands, where water is not plentiful, the ability to collect what water does come from intermittent rain is crucial. Stale water is better than no water.

However, they weren’t in that situation! They didn’t need to settle for ‘stale water’.

It’s almost as if they had chosen a life in which the best they could hope for was funky water!

And oh, by the way…when they went to the cistern to drink from it, they would be sorely disappointed: The cisterns had leaked! There was nothing there for them! No refreshment, no sustenance, no life-giving water.

We do the same thing today: We reject God–our true Source of Living Water–and dig out our own ‘cisterns’ that we foolishly think can satisfy. Money. Sex. Drugs and Alcohol. Food. Popularity. Politics. Fame.

None of these things truly ‘satisfy’.

Just look at the tabloid in the supermarket…clearly those who are ‘digging cisterns’ like these become more desperate with each day.

But we don’t need to look to the ‘famous’ people…we know it ourselves. We know that the ‘stuff’ we buy…the experiences we seek…the images we watch…the the things we put in our bodies…the things we do with our bodies…the opinions of others…none of these things satisfy for long. They can’t! They’re broken cisterns. Leaky mugs.

Where is our One True Source of Living Water?

A relationship with God, through faith in Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit…THAT is the One and Only Source.

THE. One. And. Only.

So, whatever ‘cisterns’ you’ve been digging, fill them in. Reject them. Walk away. Depend on them no longer.

Instead, go to the Lord. Go sit by the Stream of God…and let Him give you life, refreshment, and joy…

HE will satisfy. 

Immerse yourself in Him, and receive the sustenance…the blessing…the refreshing that He gives you all day, every day.

He invites you…

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

2 thoughts on “Leaking Mugs

  1. Loved what you wrote today and sadly there are alot of people that just do not understand what they are doing wrong.
    I stumble everyday. I ask the Lord to show me if I’m idolizing something of this world so that I can stop doing it.
    As I wake up I’m praying and praising the Lord for a good nights sleep. Than I pray for the Holy Spirit to grab my hand and lead me in the right direction today that God has prepared just for me. I ask that if I’m straying down the wrong path to help me get back to where God wants me. I pray to the Holy Spirit to help me a lot every day.

    1. It’s an ongoing blessing to walk in step with the Lord, by the power of the Spirit, each day Gayle! Keep humble, keep seeking, keep listening and responding and he will lead you!

      Also, Keep reading this blog! 🙂

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