Read: Isaiah 55:1-11
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters. (v. 1 NIV)
I savor the words of Isaiah 55 because of God’s gracious invitation there. I love also its strong encouragement for all who seek to share his gospel. I feel this good news of God’s free welcome always needs to be emphasized in the worship of the church and in my own. God is marvelously gracious. His hands are stretched out toward us. His heart yearns for us. He is eager and ready to meet our most poignant need. All we have to do is listen and come.
Then comes God’s promise of pardon for wayward, guilty ones like ourselves. But we must seize the day of opportunity. “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them” (v. 7). Mercy—kindness we can’t begin to deserve! Turn “to our God, for he will freely pardon” (v. 7). Again, gifts of overflowing grace!
In Isaiah’s message, it’s as if a herald of the gospel is telling us how Jesus died for our sins and rose again. All we need to do is come to him, trust him, and receive forgiveness. God’s Word will never fail to accomplish the purpose for which he sends it. We certainly can’t claim this for all of our words. But when from the Scriptures we faithfully preach Christ and him crucified, we have his sure promise: our sharing of the good news will never be in vain. Hallelujah! —Bill Brownson
Prayer: May we who are graciously invited be those who invite.