Read Jeremiah 2
Focus on verse 13
A dry well is worse than not having a well at all. A dry well not only does not provide the water that is needed, it becomes a liability; a dangerous gaping hole in the ground, that deceives people into believing there might be water down there somewhere.
In today’s reading the Lord describes how Israel not only abandoned the fountain of living water that is the Lord Himself, but went off to attempt to figuratively dig their own wells, believing that somehow they would find what they needed. (v. 13)
The lesson is a picture of what most of us have done at some point. We attempt to rely upon our own effort to provide everything we need for life and fulfillment, only to find it short-lived. The reason we can’t sustain it is because we were created to be dependent upon the power and provision of God. When we exclude God from our world, it typically does not take long for us to realize that we are missing something. We may not immediately realize what the something is, so we try to fill the void with other people or material things, which inevitably disappoint us when we realize that they are empty wells. The problem is that we were not created to be independent.
God created us to feel incomplete apart from Him. Fortunately, He also provided a way for us to be reunited with Him. We find this way when we admit that we messed things up and subsequently turn away from our independent efforts to make our life work without him. It is His Holy Spirit that begins this process in us and opens our minds to His truth so that we are willing to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ by Whom we are redeemed and forgiven. It is Jesus who said to the Samaritan woman at the well were she had come to draw water that He could give her living water so that she would never thirst again. Though she did not immediately understand it, He was speaking of Himself.
When we come to know Jesus we finally find the well of living water that satisfies the spiritual thirst that we have been attempting to satisfy with dust from the empty wells of the world around us.