“Come everyone who thirsts, come to the waters: and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy” (Isaiah 55: 1-2)?
What an invitation! Do not our hearts swell with joy and yearning when we hear these words? And they should, for it is the voice of God that we are listening to in these words. But there are two levels to be understood here too: the level of the here and now, which is as yet imperfect, and the eternal level which awaits us if we listen to God and willingly bend our wills to his in our lives.
In the first level, we are admonished to look at how we are living in the present moment. Who are we listening to and following. Are we listening to the call of the world, and searching for our happiness there, spending our money on the things that are ephemeral and that do not last? If so, are we not frustrated with how little it satisfies? Are we not disatisfied? Does such earthly acquisitiveness only grow in its desire for more and more, without ever finding the happiness that lasts. Does it sometimes seem like we are stuck on a merry-go-round going nowhere? These are the kinds of questions that Isaiah is asking at the beginning of this chapter.
If we are feeling these things, maybe it is time for us to refocus on the Word of God. For it is in the Word of God that we have the bread that nourishes our hearts and souls, and the wine and the milk that gives us life eternal. The Word of God does not cost money, it is free to all. And It is priceless. Why should we waste ourselves laboring for that which does not satisfy, for things that will not last? Rather, let us give our all to the Lord, for he is good and his mercy endures forever.
Lord, make of us your good and faithful servants in this life. Give us the wisdom to seek our happiness only in your love alone. And give us the courage to share your generous gifts with all of the people in our daily lives. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!
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