“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”  [John 7:27-28]

Not too far from our home there is a mountain spring that flows from deep within the mountain.  Often when we pass by we see people drawing water from the spring, filling their containers to take home with them.  We often wonder about the water, what it tastes like, how pure it is, and what goodness must be within it?

Likewise, the spiritual water we drink must come from deep within the mountain, the dwelling place of God.  Implicit in our Word for today is a caution about the choice we make and the well or spring that we drink from.

In the time of Jeremiah, it was obvious by their lifestyle that God’s people failed to make the right choice, “…They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water” [Jeremiah 2:13]

It’s well known that man cannot survive without water and when water is impure it poisons the whole system.  We have been given the Holy Spirit to teach us the truth.  Listening to others can sometimes pollute our lives and weaken our position in Christ.  Timothy was warned as one who taught others, “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine.  Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” [Timothy 4:13]

Both the teacher and the listener are affected by the spiritual life given through the word.   Life for those in Jeremiah’s time was a time of plunder, evil and bitterness.  The water they drank was impure and so also were their lives.

Further Reading:  Jeremiah 2:1-13; Proverbs 4:20-27; John 4:9-14