Today’s Reading: Isaiah 54:1-57:14 (additional reading: Psalm 70:1-5 and Proverbs 24:8 )
Isaiah 55:1-3 is a great invition with the most universal possible term. It is addressed to everyone. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, black or white, male or female, it is offered to all, you must only be thirsty. Satisfaction guaranteed! God wants us to be satisfied, but He wants us to be satisfied in that which is satisfactory. He is the satisfactory One. John Piper tells us, ‘God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.’
Our problem is that we often do not recognize our thirst or, when we do, we look for the wrong sorts of things to fill it. ‘And you who have no money come (Isaiah 55:1).’ To be satisfied, you not only have to be dissatisfied, you also have to be unable to satisfy yourself with that which you have at hand. Jesus said, Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3).
It is only when you come to terms with the fact that you are spiritually bankrupt that you can even be saved. Salvation begins with the admission that you are unsaved. Redemption begins with the realization that you are a slave. It is only when you admit your spiritual poverty that God gives to you all of the riches that are in Christ Jesus.
You can never really come to Christ unless you have a sense of your own spiritual bankruptcy. He does not allow you to come unless you realize that you are unworthy. His salvation is not for the self-sufficient. They have no reason to trust in Christ. God does not save the self-sufficient. He only saves those who have found their sufficiency in Christ.
‘Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? (Isaiah 55:2). We are all labouring for something and most of us have things in life for which we are expending time and energy and effort that go beyond the basic necessities. How long will it take before you come to the same conclusion? How many mirages will you chase? How many fantasies will you pursue? How many dreams will you chase only to find that having is an empty echo of wanting? For what are you labouring? If it is anything less than the Kingdom, then it is a lost cause. Labor to enter into the peaceful resting place that only God can provide.
How do you do that? ‘Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live (Isaiah 55:2-3).