Isaiah 55 begins with a bang. “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”. The prophet calls out asking everyone that can hear to listen. He has an important announcement. His call is to all of us – if we thirst we need to come – and all of us are thirsty. This isn’t about buying anything. It is about coming. It is realizing our need and simply bringing our trust and faith to receive what God has to give us. It isn’t about money. It’s about answering God’s call.
God asks an extremely important question. “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy”? God wants us to do a little introspection. This is a remarkably relevant question, in light of all the things we can pour our time and money and effort into – things which will never satisfy they way the Lord can satisfy. We chase lots of things, but God alone can satisfy. So what should we do? “Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food”.
Did you catch that? We are to listen to Him. It takes time, attention, and effort to listen diligently, and some of us aren’t willing do this. We are to each what is good. That means learning what is good and making sure we’re taking in the right spiritual nourishment, not just whatever is set before us. Third, we are to delight ourselves in rich food. Merely listening and eating the right food isn’t enough. We must delight in it. We can’t have a hard heart or bad attitude. We have to take it in and enjoy it.
Then God gives us a promise. “Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant”. When we incline our ear and truly listen to God we have life for our soul. It really matters that we align with what God’s up to. For the one who will listen to the Lord, God promises a covenant. If we walk in obedience as a Christ Follower, God promises us the same love as He had for David. But we have to take action. “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near”.
We have to remember though, that we are not like God. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”. God doesn’t think like we do. We get into a lot of trouble when we expect that He will think like us. In fact, it isn’t even close to the same. The difference and distance between God and man is revealed, not to discourage us from seeking Him, but to keep us humble as we seek. We’re not on the same playing field and never will be. He is far beyond anything we can even imagine. We must keep Him where He belongs as Creator and Lord!