Broken Cisterns & Unsatisfying Silver

Saved people are not immune from seeking fulfillment in the wrong places.  It’s been said that the human heart is an idol factory.  Idols of the heart are not to be passed over lightly.  One, they offend the one true God.  That should be enough to give us pause.  Two, they do not fulfill what they promised to fulfill.  In the end, instead of bringing life and satisfaction, they bring death and sorrow.

A couple reminders from God’s Word will serve as defense for our wayward hearts.

Jeremiah 2:13 reminds us that seeking fulfillment outside of God is like pouring water into a broken cistern.

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

You can pour gallons and gallons of water into the broken cistern, but don’t count on ever resting in your easy chair.  You’ll be filling those jugs over and over again.  Ecc. 5:10 lays out the same truth another way with no pulled punches:

He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver;

You can fill in the blank with whatever you love; it doesn’t have to be silver.  It doesn’t even have to be an inherently sinful thing.  The result, however, is the same–no satisfication. The only word that changes this little formula is “God.”  That we can say:  He that loveth God will be satisfied with God.

I think these are gracious reminders from God’s Word, don’t you?  This anonymous hymn was introduced to me a few years back.  The words point us to find joy and fulfillment in Christ.

None But Christ Can Satisfy

O Christ, in Thee my soul hath found,
And found in Thee alone,
The peace, the joy I sought so long,
The bliss till now unknown.

I sighed for rest and happiness,
I yearned for them, not Thee;
But, while I passed my Savior by,
His love laid hold on me.

I tried the broken cisterns, Lord,
But, ah, the waters failed;
Even as I stooped to drink they fled,
And mocked me as I wailed.

The pleasures lost I sadly mourned,
But never wept for Thee,
Till grace the sightless eyes received,
Thy loveliness to see.


Now none but Christ can satisfy,
None other Name for me!
There’s love, and life, and lasting joy,
Lord Jesus, found in Thee.

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for those reminders. Hymns are so powerful when they are based on a Scripture passage.

  2. Thanks for posting the hymn, “None but Christ Can Satisfy.” It makes me think of the parable of the Prodigal Son, looking for satisfaction in all the wrong places, until he returned to his father. We don’t really know who wrote this song. Nineteenth century gospel musician James McGranahan provided the tune it.

    If you enjoy reading about our hymns and their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

    And if you’ll excuse a brief “commercial:” With the arrival of fall, we begin to think of the Christmas season up ahead. If you do not have a good book on the subject of our Christmas carols, I encourage you to take a look at mine, Discovering the Songs of Christmas. In it, I discuss the history and meaning of 63 carols and Christmas hymns. The book is available through Amazon, or directly from Jebaire Publishing. (Might make a great gift too!)

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