““Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The sure mercies of David.”
Isaiah 55:1-3 NKJV
“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says 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.”
Isaiah 55:6-9 NKJV
I kinda remember my days at university, so long ago. My freshman year was spent mostly drinking, as I tried to bury years of pain and past trauma. It was nothing to go to Dirty John’s Grocery down the street and buy myself a case of beer, head back to my dorm, and see how far I could guzzle through it before heading off to work.
I also ate too much of the wrong things, frequently buying pizzas and cookies, and other unhealthy foods to fill the void, that seemed so vast in the core of my being. It was nothing to spend money on things dedicated to my sin. I tried to delight in things that only brought dissipation, and not things that brought any lasting value to my life.
Not only did I spend money and energy on useless things, they further took from me, as many a morning was spent hung over or regretting something said or done under the influence. I shudder at all the waste, as I still have the waist.
Then came Jesus.
Jesus Christ shined into the night of my life, bringing all the broken and soiled places to the light. In the illumination, He began to rebuild from the inside out, gutting and building, gutting and building. As I a result I became unstable, but instead of looking to sinful things to find some kind of “un”balance, I sought the things of God.
The Bible had become my new thing, as I rifled through its pages looking initially for pain relief, and later re-creation. The abundance I found in God went from being my medicine, to being my greatest pursuit and joy.
God’s word became as an endless buffet, full of good foods for mind spirit and body. I gobbled all that I could. Along the way God began to show little delicacies, that delighted my soul. I began to look forward to my time with the Lord more than anything in my life.
There was no downside to life in the Lord, as I sought Him, there was even more to seek. More new dishes of wisdom, more flavors of freedom and spiritual liberty.
Oh bless the Lord!
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Psalms 103:1-5 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, there is coming a time when our access to truth will be greatly limited. Even as I write this, there are those who are seeking to sneak cotton candy in with the good food, to fool the foolish further into chasing after the the sugary, emptiness of the world.
On the surface, it all seems so right, so good, so…biblical. But beware, dear children, of strangers bearing candy.
I have learned that if a given desire lines up with my flesh, it is likely not right. God’s ways are not our ways, and the Spiritual things often feel awkward in the light of life in the world. We are in a time of great compromise, where even the mere mention of the “M”word, whether it be marriage or modesty, brings extreme responses.
Take the time today to go to the buffet and dig into the goodness of God.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
Psalms 34:8 NKJV
“And the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.”
Deuteronomy 14:29 NKJV
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