Money can’t buy it. The world can’t supply it. Abundance of life is a divine offer. I fall short of this truth. Do you? I continue to seek the comforts of the world. My childhood Christmas hopes were found in the Sears Christmas Wishbook. Times have changed…
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.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Remember when Jesus was at the well speaking with the Samaritan woman? He offered her living water to drink. That’s God’s offer to all of us. He knows we are thirsty for things to satisfy our souls, and he wants us to understand that he holds the satisfaction, the consolation, and the contentment of our souls.
Money can’t buy it. The world cannot supply it. Abundance of life is a divine offer.
Wow… I fall short of this truth. Do you? I continue to seek the comforts of the world. Do you? What makes you happy? What do you want? Just yesterday I was talking to some folks about the old Sears Christmas Wishbook. The Christmas Catalogue would come in the mail sometime in the Fall, and we would base our definition of satisfaction and joy on the items displayed on its pages. We would circle and star the toys or clothes or sports gear that represented our dreams. Would they appear under the tree? We would watch and wait…
Joy is found in the Lord. Come to him and truly live (vs. 3). In the person of Jesus, we have an everlasting covenant which includes all people from every nation. The invitation is out: come to the Lord and find life.
Notice that our invitation to come to the hope and life of Jesus also includes a command to forsake our wicked and unrighteous ways and thoughts. These ways and thoughts are not God’s and not consistent with heaven’s best for us (vs. 7-9). That’s the rub isn’t it?
Giving up worldly ways for God’s living water is tough.
His offer comes out to us like water to nourish the earth – it does not go back empty, but rather grows and makes fruitful those who accept it (vs. 11). Will you let God’s offer of hope and life grow in you this Christmas?