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. Jeremiah 2:13
Imagine an ever-flowing fountain, accessible and attractive, the waters fresh and pure. The flow is copious as the water gurgles and splashes from rock to rock as if dancing down stairs. There a person finds the overflow to meet his needs, irrigate his crops, and water his flocks. He never thirsts, and the fountain is never diminished in drought.
Now imagine this man deliberately ignoring the fountain. With illogical obstinacy he prefers to dig a hole in the ground for run-off water, which quickly seeps out of his broken cistern, leaving him nothing but mud.
That’s the Bible’s picture for those looking for happiness in the wrong places. The world is filled with broken cisterns—we can easily name them—but only Jesus can give satisfying joy. He said: “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13-14).
True happiness is only in Christ, the living water.
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream; my thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him. Horatius Bonar
A Prophetic Message to an Ungodly Nation (Jeremiah)