Jeremiah told the Israelites that you have turned your backs on God. Here are some of the words God told Jeremiah to tell the Israelites as recorded in Jeremiah 2:13: "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water."
God the Father offers springs of living water. A spring comes up out of the ground in some form. The source of the spring does not come from man, but from our creator God. People do no work to get a spring, unless they want to pipe the water somewhere. A spring is a gift from God. According to Jeremiah, the Israelites have rejected God, who is this spring of living water. He is the source of our basic necessity for life - spiritual life.
Not only did they reject God and his grace, they tried to handle life on their own. They built cisterns. A cistern is a pit that is dug to store any rain water. A cistern is based on the work of man. But Jeremiah adds that they have built broken cisterns. In other words, the water would seep out of them. The cisterns would not be able to store water. Instead of depending upon God's gift or grace, the Israelites were depending on their own human effort, their own human achievement.
We are so often like those Israelites depending on themselves rather than trusting in God. Of course, we have this natural tendency not even to trust other people much less God. We have experienced so much brokenness, hurt, and so many broken promises from other people, we protect ourselves and only depend on ourselves. We do this with God. We do this with others.
Yet, we miss out on God's grace - his grace that heals, comforts, consoles.
If you are thirsty, drink from God's spring.