Monday, July 14, 2014

Are you thirsty today?

Isaiah 55:1-2

55 “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.

There are two verbs that stick out as I read those verses;" come and listen".  Both are active.  Both assume that there is someplace for me to go or something for me to hear.   Both also assume that I need to stop doing what I'm doing... but as I do there are great promises, satisfaction and even riches!

But read those words again.  This time as if they are offered by a carnival worker calling them out at his post on the midway...  He's a salesmen promising the world.  Yet there is something different about the words offered here.  You don't have to put any money down to buy the next cure all elixir.  No, if a man with a wand and a big hat was yelling out such promises to those walking by we would all turn away saying, "Right... what's the catch?"

Now let's read this a second time.  This time listen as if Christ is calling out to us.   This sounds a little different coming from his voice. But Jesus could say these things and actually he did!   let me take you to Matthew 11:28.  Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble and heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Today my guess is we are looking from satisfaction from many things in life and sometimes we are paying a high price!  Some of these are good but don't forget that only Christ can satisfy our deepest longings...   So, come and listen he's patiently waiting for you.