Devotional

Done With Broken Cisterns

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)

Satisfaction is elusive. There is always more – more that we want, more that others want from us. There is only one cure for the suffering of dissatisfaction: to let God be our all. Others will fail us – He will not. “… For they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.” (Isaiah 49:23) God never does less than we hope for, He always does “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20).

Whenever our hope is in flesh and blood we are bound for disappointment. Likewise, we cannot be God for others. We cannot always make them happy and content. We will inevitably fail them. By the help of God, we can be His hand extended, a blessing to all who surround us, but God will not let us completely satisfy the deepest desires of their heart. If we could, they would have no need for Him.

To be sober is to see things in the plain light of truth. The sooner we stop living in a fantasy world, the better. The truth is this: God alone is the “fountain of living waters.” The woman at the well was not going to find what she was looking for in another, better relationship.

Let us be done with “broken cisterns.” Take the pressure off of others and yourself. Broken cisterns always leave thirsty. Let the Lamb lead you to fountains of living waters where you will thirst no more.

“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:16,17)


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.