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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday Snippets: Come and Dine!

Isaiah 55: 1 "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price."

As you all have probably already guessed, I love Isaiah a lot. Every time I read through it, or even just scan all the verses I’ve previously marked, it is SUCH a good book!! So many encouraging and uplifting verses, each of them deserves their own post. This one is so beautiful to me…The Lord is calling to those who are thirsting for Him. He offers them beautiful, satisfying blessings—without money and without price. These people, who have nothing to give, nothing to offer, and He offers them His abundance in return? Wow. This is such a testimony to the everlasting love of God. 

It makes me think of myself before salvation. I came to God with NOTHING to offer Him. All my righteousnesses were as filthy rags. Filthy Rags!! Go to any hospital, and go to the laundry ward. There are some pretty seriously filthy rags there. And I am telling you, they are not pleasant. But that's all that my "good deeds" were before salvation. Paul said that, "In me, (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing..." There was nothing good in me. 

Notice how it says COME YE to the waters. God doesn't ever drag us to the springs of living water and force our faces into them for us to drink. It's our choice. We just have to ask Him.

When we come to God with nothing, asking to partake in His mercy and grace, He will fulfill our needs abundantly. Not just with some old moldy bread and tepid water... No!! Wine (Fruit of the vine), and milk, and honey! The fat of the earth! 

The next verse says, "Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." 

Why do we run around chasing after things that are never going to satisfy our deepest needs? Why would we spend time or money on frivolous amusements that have nothing to do with the bread of life? When will we learn to simply come, ask, and hearken diligently to His righteous commandments? He has offered us innumerable blessings--if we choose to follow His way. Not throwing our relationship with God in as an afterthought to the rest of life that's so much more "enjoyable". Enjoyment does not equal contentment, peace, or true joy. Let's learn to delight ourselves in doing His will with a pure, single minded faithfulness. His rewards will be more fulfilling than you can fathom. Without money, and without price. Priceless. :)

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