1 “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.
2 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.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
Embedded in this amazing section of scripture are the most lavish, humble, genuine, and trustworthy promises that I could ever ask for. These verses are the invitation of God for us to come to Him, and to trust Him to be all what we need…the invitation to feast on what will satisfy our souls. He offers not only the symbolism of water and bread of sustenance, but the richness of milk and wine for us to enjoy in His presence and the unmatched joy of knowing Him each day. This scripture is talking about feasting on the presence of God and our souls being satisfied and filled as with the most luxurious of feasts.
The journey of knowing our omniscient and untamable God is ultimately very simple. The first thing in this journey is that we must come to Him, and tell God that you want Him in your life.
We must recognize that there is more than one-dimension to this life we are living. We obviously live in a physical reality, but also in an undeniable spiritual reality. We all know that if we don’t feed our bodies, we will starve and die. If we don’t feed our spirits, however, the same will happen to our inner-man- our spirit will starve and die.
We know that bread satisfies the stomach, but what satisfies the soul? Life is busy, there are children to be dressed, lunches to be made, meetings to attend, deadlines to meet. How do we attend to the starving spirit within us? Why do we continue to “spend our labor on what does not satisfy”? What does it mean in our daily lives that Jesus is the Bread of Heaven sent to give life to the world…sent to give life to us?
I will be sharing for the next few posts about what it means to me to “taste of God”, and how God has led me to feast on Him. In order to truly live and know soul-satisfaction, we must know how to feed our spirits. So many things in life promise to fill us, but I have found that deep soul satisfaction comes from one place- in His presence. We will remain weak, aching and empty inside until we learn to feast on Him.
My challenge to you today is to take one step closer to God. Simply COME TO GOD— You don’t have to know exactly what words to say or what to do, just take a few minutes of quiet, acknowledge Him in your heart with a prayer and trust Him to meet you where you are, just as you are. In these few minutes say, “Here I am, Lord. I want to know you and to be filled with you”, and wait. Listen. That was part of the inviation – Come to Him and LISTEN to Him. This indicates that He wants to speak to you! I love to listen to God through scriptures, but we can also ask God to speak to our hearts personally. Start with re-reading this verse at the top of this post and listen to what He says to your heart. The more you come to Him and engage with Him, the easier this will be and the more you will learn to recognize His voice.
It doesn’t matter when or where or how, just do it. Just come to Him…don’t wait another day. Start now. Just come. He’s been waiting for you to respond to His invitation.
He has offered the invitation, now come and trust that when you take one step towards God, He takes a thousand steps to meet you where you are. He wants to lavish His love on you and adorn you with His tender mercies. First, you have to show up. Come to Him.
~ Wrapped in His Affection ~