Come, everyone who is thirsty,
come to the water;
and you without silver,
come, buy, and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without silver and without cost!
Why do you spend silver on what is not food,
and your wages on what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and you will enjoy the choicest of foods. Isaiah 55:1-2
Isaiah 55 is God’s invitation to the people of Israel, who have rejected him and what he says is right, to return to him and renew their relationship with Him. And when they do this, then they will be restored to a place of satisfaction and blessing. But how does this apply to those of us who are not Jewish?
An essential prerequisite for salvation is a genuine spiritual hunger and thirst for forgiveness and for a right relationship with God. This spiritual salvation is based on the sacrificial death of the Servant-Messiah, Christ. We must repent, which is to turn from our sins and turn toward God, changing our life’s direction to follow his plans, and approach God in faith, trusting him to take control of our lives. As we live for him, a continued hunger and thirst for God’s purposes and power are necessary for receiving the fullness of his Spirit.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Leviticus 15:1-16:28, Mark 7:1-23, Psalm 40:11-17 and Proverbs 10:13-14