READ : Isaiah 55:1-7
Come, all you who are thirsty. (v. 1 NIV)
God offers free milk and wine to his captive people. When the Jews first arrived in exile they protested, “How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land?” (Ps. 137:4). But assimilate they did. Babylon was the world trade center of its day. The exiled Jews traded in commodities of grain, wine, and milk. They did well. Before long they were busy checking the financial pages of the Babylon Street Journal. They forgot what it meant to be children of Abraham.
Yet exiles, of all people, can least afford to forget those things money can’t buy. Wealth can give a certain sense of well-being. It lubricates things. It can ease pain for a time. But money can never give what your heart longs for. The world is filled with tasty appetizers but only God’s word will satisfy the hunger of your heart.
Hear the Lord’s invitation, “Come, buy, eat, and drink.” It sounds like a TV commercial. But what the Lord offers is free. In spite of commercial promises, when we buy the world’s goods satisfaction is short-lived. But when we respond to the Lord’s invitation eternal satisfaction is ours. Jesus promises, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
In Jesus Christ, God’s grace overflows to thirsty sinners! “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16).
Fill me, Lord.