Thursday, February 26, 2009

Come and Drink

I am memorizing Isaiah 55:1-13 (scroll down to see the entire passage). They are powerful words for our time. We so readily "spend our money on food that does not give us strength." We rely on our own thoughts, our own ways, our own wisdom. But there is an alternative. There is "food that is good for the soul." There are "ways that are higher than our ways."

I will seek the Lord while I can find Him. I will call upon Him while He is near. God's word always produces fruit and will accomplish all He wants it to do. Where once there were thorns, good trees will grow. Where once there was darkness and evil, joy and peace will burst out.

I don't want the expensive, sugar-laden, drinks that our world offers. They do not satisfy. I want this never-ending drink that satisfies and is good for the soul. Jesus said, "If you are thirsty, come to me!" and "If you believe in me, come and drink!"(John 7:37-38). That is the kind of refreshment I need.

Isaiah 55:1-13
"Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it's all free! [2] Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen, and I will tell you where to get food that is good for the soul!
[3] "Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, for the life of your soul is at stake. I am ready to make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the mercies and unfailing love that I promised to David. [4] He displayed my power by being my witness and a leader among the nations. [5] You also will command the nations, and they will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious."
[6] Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. [7] Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
[8] "My thoughts are completely different from yours," says the Lord. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. [9] For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
[10] "The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. [11] It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. [12] You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! [13] Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up. This miracle will bring great honor to the Lord's name; it will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.

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