Let’s think of two ways in which we can fail the Lord. Jeremiah wrote:
My people have committed a double evil:
They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water,
And dug cisterns for themselves,
Cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.
—Jeremiah 2:13 (HCSB)
Sometimes we think only of one side or the other of our actions—what we did do wrong or what we didn’t do right—and fail to recognize both sides of the equation are considered by the Lord.
As a matter of fact, it is difficult to do one without doing the other. Man must have his satisfactions—his cisterns. He cannot abandon the Lord without digging some hole of his own in the ground. Of course, what he does, at length he discovers never “holds water.”
Why opt for that which does not satisfy when you can have an abundance of crystal clear water to drink? Why keep on searching for water where there is none? Your cistern is cracked!
God offers in Christ the refreshing water of life:
You let them drink from Your refreshing stream,
For in You is life’s fountain.
—Psalm 36:8, 9 (HCSB)
Why not drink and be satisfied?