Even in a bit of a fog, the invitation is clear. Though we got home way too late last night from a wedding we attended about 2.5 hours away, and I’m thinking I’ve gotten up way too early this morning, still the appeal in Isaiah 55 has a way of breaking through. Even in a cloud, the voice of God breaks through as I hover over the word of God being amplified by the Spirit of God. The repetition helps. Five times the ask is made. Five times the urgent plea is extended. And mine this morning is just to accept the invitation. It’s to say yes to the entreaty. “Yes Lord, I come.”
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to Me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, My steadfast, sure love for David.”
(Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV)
Spoken to them but written for us. A plea to wayward Israel, but an invitation to all who have ears to hear. An overture to those then and to us now who thirst and are bankrupt. Through abundant grace, the offer to RSVP extended to all. Ours is simply to come.
Though beyond what we could afford on our own, we’re invited to come and buy wine and milk, and put it on the tab of another. The price paid, ours is to come and eat what is good–to delight ourselves in food that is rich and gives life to the soul. The work finished, we are but to direct our feeble efforts to receiving that which satisfies.
To those with insufficient resources, to those with ebbing strength, the God of Israel offers to all He desires to own as His own an everlasting promise–the eternal pledge of His unfailing and steadfast love.
Love that will quench the thirst. Love that will satisfy the hunger. Love that will give new life to the inner man. Love available through His unfailing mercies which are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness!
Offered by the Father. Offered by the Son.
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)
Rest for the soul. Not because the burden is removed. Not because the trials are taken away. But because we daily accept Jesus’ invitation to come. And each morning we put on the yoke He offers–the love of God found in the Son made real by the Spirit. And the yoke is easy and the burden is light. And the thirst is quenched and the hunger is satisfied. Ours being but to say, “O Lamb of God, I come!”
Because of grace. For His glory.