“Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.”
Jeremiah 2:12-13 (NRSV)
In the prophecy of Jeremiah, God is calling the universe to witness how the nation of Israel has walked away from God despite God’s continual outpouring of grace, mercy and his unique loving-kindness. In a sense, God is calling the universe, the world, and it’s inhabitants as a jury or as witnesses to give testimony about the actions of Israel.
The church should be mindful of this call. The eyes of the universe, the world and our neighborhoods are upon us. Are we being conduits for the fountain of living water? Are we aware of and proclaiming God’s grace, mercy and his unique loving-kindness? Can the eyes of the universe see and the ears of our neighbors hear?
Or, do they find a church community proud of their poorly dug cistern? A broken cistern that leaks water and does not refresh. A cistern that draws in precious resources that are quickly squandered like a buried talent. Are we so proud of our cistern that we spend more time trying to plug the leaky holes with our fingers that our backs our constantly turned away from the thirsty and parched?
Are the eyes of the universe shocked by our actions?
Or, are the lips of the universe refreshed through our actions so that they might sing the praises of the fountain and source of the water we share?