What mother doesn’t want to become kinder, gentler, and more loving?
Remember how Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz was searching for a way home and finally found out she had the magic slippers that she had on the whole time? You have the answer inside you now.
I received a visual object lesson of this promise this week.
My daughter, Belinda, and I went to Chattanooga this week for a homeschool meeting . Later that day we visited Ruby Falls. It was amazing.
We went down an elevator 360 ft below the surface, then walked through the geological wonders in the caverns until we got to the falls.
The folks at Ruby Falls make this experience as dramatic as possible. After a long walk through the caverns, you enter a purposely darkened entry area where you can’t see but you can hear the falls. Dramatic music is played until it reaches a crescendo, and then powerful floodlights come on, revealing majestic, gushing waters, crashing down 145 feet.
I immediately thought of Jesus being our Living Water.
Broken Cistern Syndrome
God provides a simple way to become a better mother (wife, person). He promises to put His living, loving water in us that will flow out to others. We only need to choose God’s way. The sad words of Jeremiah’s prophecy are easily applicable to our own time:
My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. (Jeremiah 2:1)
Comfort, help, healing, and deliverance were all available, but Israel turned away from God. “Broken cisterns” was God’s way of saying that the people had turned from Him to worthless sources.
Cistern is the translation of the Hebrew word bor, which means hole, pit, or more often, well; they are man-made containers used to catch and hold water. Cisterns were large pits that were dug into rock and covered with plaster and used to collect rainwater. Many of the earliest cisterns were hollowed out of porous limestone, allowing much of the water to escape. Cracked cisterns unable to hold water—and thus unable to sustain life.
Where would you prefer your water source to come from?
- A clear, cool stream of dependable running water
- Stagnant, muddy water from a cistern
We lose God’s presence and substitute it with water from our own efforts. Relying on a few hours of religion a week is like putting water into a broken cistern. We can’t hold the water!
Jesus spoke of “living water” that He would give to those who ask Him. Read His conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well:
Jesus answered, “If you had known the gift of God and who it is who said to you ‘Give me some water to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said to him, “you have no bucket and the well is deep; where then do you get this living water? Surely you’re not greater than our father Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.”
Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”
He explained that this living water would spring forth inside the heart as a result of trusting in Him. In Revelation Jesus says, “To all who are thirsty I will give the springs of the water of life freely”
Living a “Dammed” Life
Once we are saved, the living water is in us but sometimes we unknowingly build a dam and block or retain it. Hurt, anxiety, anger, unforgiveness, and fear can create a dam that causes not only a block but great pressure in our life. When the sluice in the dam is opened there is an endless supply of water flowing.
Becoming a Better Mother
When I surrender to God (open the dam) and ask Him to let His love flow through me, He answers. I have been in several situations where I would usually have felt irritated with my children but instead acted lovingly.
It always surprises me. “I think, “Gee, where did that come from?” and then I thank God for answering my prayers to allow His love to flow through me.
Thirst and Drink
In order to draw near to God, seek Him fervently over any selfish ambitions. Jesus satisfies the thirst craving of the heart by graciously imparting His Spirit to us.
David passionately sought the Lord and His ways. He wrote, “As the deer pants for water brooks, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Ps. 42:1,2). As a result, he became the person the Lord called “a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22).
Jesus cried out in the Temple courts at the Feast of Tabernacles, during the water pouring ceremony:
“If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! Whoever trusts in me, as the Word says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!”
WOW, what a promise! If we trust God, rivers of living water will flow from our inmost being!
On our own we can’t hold water, but when we surrender to Christ Jesus, He will quench our spiritual thirst and will pour out a river of living water through our life, making us a blessing to God and others.
God delights in supplying you with wisdom, love, peace, joy, intimacy, and hope. He is willing to guide you at every turn. God penetrates hearts, not programs. That’s what intimacy is all about, and it is what we are called to pass on to others.
Don’t rely on the broken cistern of religious performance; remove the dam and grow in a personal relationship with God. A fountain of living water will flow from your inmost being.