August 11 (Daily reading: Jeremiah 14-17) There is so much disappointment, even desolation, in the words, “They have come to the cisterns and found no water. They have returned with their vessels empty” (14:3). I have not been anywhere close to dying of thirst, but I have had a glimpse of the disappointment of searching for water. In Guadeloupe, after a hurricane, or maybe during a strike, our water would be cut off. We would be forced to get our vessels and go to a fountain in the town. Sometimes it would be dry, or there would be a line of many people waiting for water. We search for both physical and spiritual water because we must have it!
There can exist physical drought and spiritual drought. Both cases force us to admit the true source of life-giving water: “Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we hope in You, for You are the one who has done all these things” (14:22). When we discover this source, as Jesus called it, “a well of water springing up to eternal life” (Jn. 4:14), we will live with the confidence that Jeremiah described: “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (17:7-8, NIV). This confidence is assured when our spiritual roots are continuously watered by the streams of God’s provision. Our faith will be heat-resistant and drought-resistant, and it will bear the fruit that God produces!
– Al Gary