A dear friend and mentor just recently said to me, “Drink lots of water…from the living supply”. Water consumption nowadays has become extremely specialized. We use purifiers, filters, flavors, sweeteners of all sorts and carbonation. We package with bottles, cans, and jugs of all sizes and designed for a variety of specific purposes and ventures. We have streamlined our tastes because, after all what and when we drink is important and we know it.
How much more so what we “drink” into our thoughts and soak into our “hearts” and how often. Hence the advice to drink much from the living supply. Jesus said in John 4:14, “but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life“, and in John 7:38: “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” There is absolutely nothing like soaking in the scriptures and taking refuge in the shadow of His wings. There is no other source that can quench every soul malady no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.
God warned his people through his prophet Jeremiah (2:13), that they had sinned in two ways: first by abandoning Him, the fountain of living water; and second, by digging cisterns for themselves that were cracked. If they could hold water at all, it was stagnant. Stagnant water holds disease, decay, toxins, harbors mosquitoes and is foul. Leaking cisterns presents the idea of falsehood. They gave the appearance of holding water but didn’t. Our “leaky cisterns” can be pride, materialism, teachings and traditions of men, false sense of spiritual security, false religions, excessive entertainment, and depravity. I want to drink deeply from the Well that never runs dry and satisfies my thirsts. I want the living water that flows out in service and doesn’t stay pooled up in a leaky, misleading cistern. What is your source of soul “water”? Is it deeply satisfying and flowing?