Jeremiah 2:13 – “For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns — broken cisterns that can hold no water.” NKJV
The prophet Jeremiah called weeping prophet because of his heartbreak over the condition of his beloved nation declared a strong word from the LORD regarding the State of the Nation. The word was that the people, God’s people had committed to evils as an explanation for the predicament the nation faced. They had forsaken God, the fountain of living waters and hewn themselves cisterns that were broken and incapable of holding water.
Some have asked what is virtually the chicken or the egg question as to which of these came first. I do not for I believe that the natural result of allowing one’s heart to drift away from God is to do what Adam and Eve did in the garden and place self in the place of God. I see much of this in today’s Christendom with the incredible rise of secularism and the drive to be consolatory to every religious view in existence.
It is one thing to be charitable to everyone and respect their views but to alter the framework of the Gospel to accommodate those opposing views can only produce a condition in which God is not the definitive voice of authority. I have heard some nationally recognized preachers declare that although people who follow Islam or other religions do not accept Christ they too are accepted by God based on their beliefs. If that were true then a person that believes that his God (self) deemed it acceptable to live in total debauchery and licentiousness would also get in based on his beliefs.
The fact that Jesus Himself declared that there was only one door through which we could gain access to the Father and that was Him is ignored, diminished or altered. The fact of the requirement of the Blood of Christ shed for man’s sin is reinterpreted to mean that it is a way, not the way. The human heart aside from the transforming work of Grace cannot house the Living Waters of God and become broken cisterns that can hold no life-giving water. In John 7 when Jesus stood on the great day of the feast and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his INNERMOST BEING will flow rivers of living water.” That river which continually flows only comes from believing in Jesus and a relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit. It is by grace that we are saved and that through faith. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He is not a way, a truth, or a life.
Attempting to be politically correct and modify the Bible to fit the secular and popular mindset of the day does not and cannot produce life it produces broken cisterns that cannot contain the living water. God called this mentality and activity EVIL. If we allow our hearts to drift from God and reject His place as Lord of All in our lives the natural and only result is that His place of Lordship and sovereignty will be replaced with something and at the heart of that something is SELF.
God shares His glory with no man and rejects as thieves any philosophy that attempts to enter through any means other than The Door, Jesus Christ. I see a condition in our world where political correctness and the attempts to demonstrate compassion and Christian charity have resulted in ministers, churches and people call evil good and good evil. If there is a singular reason that our nation and world is in the state it is in I would suggest it is what Jeremiah declared. We have forsaken the LORD and His Living Waters and have become cisterns that are broken and cannot house His life-giving flow. We are trying to put the New Wine into Old Wineskins and the New Wine will destroy the Old Wineskin.
It is time that we return to the LORD with a whole heart and as we return to Him in repentance and faith we will see God move on our behalf and then and only then will we see positive change in our world.
God bless you as you go through this day!