When house hunting in the Grenoble area, we almost rented a home with a cistern. The place was just outside the busy city with a magnificent view of the Alps. For whatever reason, the owner was not connected to the city’s water but had his own system. Water usage would have to be closely monitored. In thinking about our own young family and all the guests we would be hosting, we decided against it.
Our verse for today uses the image of cisterns to illustrate an important truth. In biblical times, most every private home had their own small pear-shaped cistern for collecting rainwater. These cisterns were carved out of solid rock. Their surfaces were waterproofed with a sticky lime plaster, but even so they would eventually develop cracks. This system could never be as good as a spring of flowing water.
Jesus is that spring of water. He is that well of water within, springing up into eternal life (John 4:14). With Jesus we will never thirst again. Leaking out and running dry will never be a problem with Him. Why would anyone choose a limited leaky cistern over Him? But that is exactly what I sometimes do.
My own self sufficiency is much like that broken cistern. It may serve me well for awhile, but eventually it will develop cracks and leak out. Gradually, life seems to dry up and I wonder why I am thirsty. I have replaced dependance on Him with my own strength, trying to collect and hold water on my own.
You are my never-ending Source! Thank you Lord, for daily quenching my thirst!