Monday, December 10, 2012

Are you drawing from empty wells?

“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns
That can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13

Do you know what it's like to be thirsty? I mean REALLY thirsty?  Perhaps after playing a sport or hiking a mountain or when we've been sick. It's a horrible feeling. Your throat feels like a desert, your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth. You feel like you'd do ANYTHING for a sip of water. 

Yet there are other ways to feel thirsty.  Perhaps you're thirsty to be loved, thirsty for success, power, money. Maybe you're thirsty for friends, a house, a new car. Or perhaps you're thirsty for recognition, fulfillment, purpose.  Maybe you're just thirsty for good health, peace, a good marriage, the well-being of your kids, lost loved ones to be saved!  None of these things are bad. They are all natural human needs. But they give us a thousand ways to thirst! And all of them make us feel that same excruciating longing and desperation that we feel from physical thirst. 

So what do you do when you're thirsty?  You get a drink! In the old days, people went to wells and pulled up buckets of water from deep within the earth. Yet we are no different today. We each have our own wells that we dip from. If we thirst for money, then we dive into the well of money, hoping to satisfy that need.  If we thirst for possessions, we jump into that well and buy buy buy!. If we thirst for approval, we dip from the well of opinion and try to do things that please others. You get the idea.  Here's some wells I know I've dipped into during my life. Perhaps you can think of others.

Approval of man
Human Love

 The trouble with this wells is they don't quench our thirst. They may for awhile, even for a season, but inevitably they leave us wanting for more.  That's what Jesus was trying to tell the woman who came to draw water from the well,  

“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

Jeremiah was so accurate when he said in the verse at the top of this post that the people had dug for themselves broken cisterns that held no water. They may hold water for awhile, but there's a leak, and soon when you dip your bucket in again, you come up empty.  For those of you who have lived a while now, you know this to be true. NOTHING that you thought would satisfy you, nothing that you thought would fulfill you, has lasted. Why? Because we all dip into the wrong well. We dip into man-made wells instead of God's well of living water. 

I don't know about you, but I've been doing a lot of dipping into the wrong wells. I've been trying to find fulfillment in money, success, fame, approval. I've become too caught up in what the world considers success. My books, my sales numbers, reviews, contests. . . and what others think of me.  I allowed myself to get caught up in a whirlwind of activities, trying to find some way to achieve what I wanted. But it has all left me thirsty. Terribly thirsty. 

Jesus gives us the answer in the verse above. He is the living water that never runs dry. He is the answer to ALL our human needs. When we drink freely from Him everyday, we have no need of the other things. They don't matter anymore. So, how do we drink this living water?  How do you drink regular water? The minute you feel a slight thirst, don't you run and get a drink?  So, why not do the same thing when you feel an inner thirst rise up?  Run and spend time with Jesus. I've been doing that lately, and I'm telling you it works!!  

There once was a famous person who had achieved everything anyone would ever want. He had money, beautiful women, fame, success.  When he was asked by a reporter what was the one thing that surprised him the most after he achieved such great success in life, and he said.  "When I finally reached the top, I found it empty." 


  1. Mon Dec 10th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    And yet again, another timely Word in due season ! Thanks for today's blog.
    Been there, done that -- dipping into the wrong wells in years gone by. They all, came up empty !
    Fruitless searching for -- approval, success, money, love, etc, etc ...
    The "only" One who satisfies and is everlasting -- is the Lord Himself !!!
    My problem of late, seems to be that of "distraction with life and busyness" .... and not necessarily with what is truly important ... but just caught up in the hustle-bustle of life itself. Then, I find that precious time has been truly wasted, and I have not spent that time with the Lord. Hence ... the well runs dry.
    Thank-you for these great reminders MaryLu, to what is truly of importance and essential to our well-being ... living in the Lord.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  2. Brings to mind when priests would 'cover' sins, while only Jesus 'removed' sins. You can't just look for a quick fix, you need to search out the 'permanent repair' and you can only find that in Jesus.
    Great post, as usual. Sharing. :)

  3. I dipped into the wrong wells all my life! And sometimes I still do.. until I get really thirsty again and realize what I've done. Duh..
    I also battle extreme busyness! It just seems like I never have enough time to do what I need to do. I've learned that everything else in my day goes better when I stop and spend time with my Father. Still, the enemy tries like heck to get me not to.
    Yes... the permanent repair to our broken wells.. only Jesus.
    Thanks for dropping by, ladies!

  4. Amen, MaryLu, this is very true! Obviously this is true of all unbelievers, but this is also a big issue for Christians too. It always amazes me at how often I look at so many other options before I come before God. Sin truly is so deep rooted in us, and not just some "little issue" as many people would like us to believe. I am thankful that be of Christ is to be forgiven. May Christ continually lead us back to Him! Amen!

  5. Not only do we Christians look at other options but we often dip into them for long times before we realize they are empty. I know so many Christians who are relying on their money, jobs, health, friends, spouses to make them happy and secure.. but in the end all of those things let us down. Only God's living waters satisfy..
    Thanks for your thoughts, Emma!

  6. Wed Dec 12th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    Absolutely .... "only God's living waters satisfy" !!! Amen, and, Amen to that !!!
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  7. I really appreciate your thirst for living water. I linked your article to a post I wrote dealing with Proverbs 20:5. I also used your picture of the well, but I linked it back to your site. I hope you don't mind.

    God bless!

  8. I don't mind at all, Anthony! God bless you too!