“We are all men dying of thirst, begging for salt.” I came across this little nugget of truth yesterday and immediately texted a friend of mine who agreed with its rich insight into the human condition. Of course, this idea was not original to whomever penned these words, although the description is poignant and unique. When God the Maker of all things spoke to Jeremiah, the prophet of ancient Israel, he assessed the human condition in related terms: “for my people have commited two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13).
Question of application: what cistern are you drinking from? If it is not the Eternal Fount of life-giving waters, then you might as well be begging for salt.