Invitation to a Feast
Lord, today I need a desire to do Your will for me. I want to fulfill Your purposes in every way.
Read Isaiah 55:1-13
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“The object in life is to be rich towards God” (John Ortberg). This is true wealth.
This invitation is to those who are thirsty and hungry, but who are unable to buy food and drink. It points to our spiritual condition where, from time to time, we are aware of our deepest needs, but also of our bankruptcy and powerlessness to meet those needs. God steps in and issues this urgent, persistent and warm invitation (“Come…come…Come…,” v 1). We eat with our mouths and listen with our ears; here spiritual mouths and ears are indicated. Come and eat, come and listen (1-3). We are invited to come to God (3), not so much to the things God is offering, but to him. He will personally feed our souls and sustain us with his truth and love.
The church is the place where the Word is preached and we gather at the Lord’s Table. There, as we encounter the ministry of the Word and Table, God feeds us through our spiritual mouths and ears. God gives his promise that, just as rain is sent from heaven to produce a bountiful harvest on earth, God’s Word reaches us to produce a great spiritual harvest in our lives (10-12). What we must do is to come to God with faith and to seek him earnestly. A soul that does this will never go hungry. The acts of coming to God and eating, and of seeking God and listening to him are related. In both, we are introduced to the thoughts and ways of God that are different and higher than our own thoughts and ways (8,9). As we discover God’s ways, we can then abandon our ways in order to pursue his. When we do so, our hearts will burst forth with joyful song and be replenished with fresh crops and fruit (12,13). Come, seek, eat, and listen.
How well you are feeding on Christ and listening to him will determine how healthy and holy your soul is. Ponder this in relationship to your life.
Patient Father, I don’t want to be like those who know about You but don’t know You. I want more than spiritual information, I want spiritual transformation.
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