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, v 12-13
Jeremiah lived in a troublesome and turbulent time in history. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, and Jeremiah was in the middle of it all, sticking it out, praying, suffering, striving and believing. What happens when life is smashed to bits by circumstance? What should we do? When a catastrophe unfolds (Covid!), we tend to view God THROUGH our circumstances. He becomes small and insignificant and not the way we wish He would be, and our difficulties seem huge. We then try to work things out ourselves - by digging out cracked cisterns. However, God says that these can "hold no water". Looking to anything else but God for a solution is fruitless and futile. Instead, we should see our circumstances THROUGH God - remembering that He is good, faithful, just and loving, and able to do anything. If we do this, it's our circumstances that pale into insignificance before our mighty God, and we see our situation with hopeful eyes.