Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 25, 2019
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Isaiah 55:1-2 (NIV)
As I read this ancient poetic text from the prophet Isaiah, I’m reminded of the words of another “prophet” of sorts, Mick Jagger, who famously sang, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Though undoubtedly for wildly different reasons, Jagger was tapping into a universal human truth, a truth that the Biblical prophet was also seeking to highlight. So much of the human experience is spent searching for and striving after something that will make us happy and satisfy our deepest longings.
So often we believe that the feast on offer from the Lord is simply too good to be true. How can something so glorious be so freely offered? We are conditioned from our earliest days to be suspicious and wary of anything that sounds too good to be true. And so we dismiss the feast of abundance and set off looking for quick fixes.
The risk of quick fixes is that we convince ourselves that they are the real thing and fail to see them for what they are: cheap substitutes. Fast food is not a farm to table feast. Pornography is not true intimacy. Your title at work is not your greatest source of identity. And yet, in the buffet of life these options are served up, hot and ready to consume.
The Lord longs to see you flourishing in the abundance of his kingdom. He draws near to you, not to shame you or cast harsh judgment, but to show you the emptiness of your desires and to instead reorient and redirect them towards a feast that is overflowing with the richest foods and finest wines. As we dine with the Lord at his table, we are renewed and refreshed in his presence. We are made substantial people who begin to see with greater clarity both the goodness of his ways and the folly of our own efforts at satisfaction.
Growing up, my mother would often remind me, “What goes in is what comes out!” These are truly words to live by. Isaiah reminds us afresh today, as we eat what is truly good, we learn to delight in goodness. As we sit in the Lord’s presence, we are conformed into the likeness of Jesus. Choose today to feast at the Lord’s table of abundance!
Father, satisfy our hearts with your great love and turn us away from quick fixes that leave us hungry and hollow. Amen.
Where have you settled for the quick fix in your search for satisfaction?
Only the Spirit of true love in the Lord Jesus can satisfy our deepest longings. #WisdomHunters #soulsatisfaction
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