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.” vs. 1Isaiah 55:1-5
No kitchen is complete without one or more plaques or posters that claim to capture the essence of life in just a few words or phrases. One saying that’s particularly memorable is this, “The best things in life…aren’t things.” It’s cleverly put, easily remembered, and captures the essence of the gospel. And Isaiah would agree! The prophet calls out to thirsty people, those with deep spiritual needs, and tells them that the best things in life are not only free, they’re not even things. What people are hungering and thirsting for in this culture of gimmicks and gizmos are deep relationships anchored in love. They’re searching for community, a group of caring friends, who will stand with them in their suffering and work with them to restore the goodness of this broken world. Isaiah asked his people, “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” He would have been baffled by our neighborhoods filled with Amazon trucks delivering to our doorsteps our latest impulse buys. It’s so easy now, just the click of the mouse, can satisfy our fleeting desires – and it’s all a fraud! We can’t get what we need online! The mysterious peace of God that everyone yearns for comes without price through words of grace and love!
Thought for the Day: Things I thought I needed, but really didn’t!