When… we are thirsty or hungry
“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” Isaiah 55:1-2
Can we even imagine such a circumstance? (Because this is not government support “welfare”) This is beyond whatever economic theory any of us may hold. This is not “of us.” This is not “of human doing.” This invitation by the prophet of hope points us toward a “new age.” A new age of God’s making. Isaiah is seeing a time in which the love and grace of God reigns for all people, particularly those who have no other resource than the LORD. This is the heart of the Bible’s picture of God.
“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:2
The prophet taps the human condition. We, who have resources, chase after so much that fails to fill us. We “buy in” to the latest fads and marketed “sure things.” But everything that advertises itself as fulfillment is an empty promise when it comes from some place other than the God of our creation. “Why?” asks God. “Why?” asks the messenger. There is so much that looks good but fills us not.
“Incline your ear and come to Me; hear that your soul may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, My steadfast sure love…” Isaiah 55:3
There it is. God offers a relationship which includes a foretaste of the fruit of that “new age.” An everlasting covenant is what God promises. A relationship grounded on love that is not conditional and temporary. God promises a love that is solid, certain, never lacking, always fulfilling and giving us a value and a worth that no sin can tarnish. Are you hungry for that?