from the devotional book, PICTURES OF GOD
Read Isaiah 55
Isaiah ministered in the 700’s B.C., long before Judah’s exile. But the book that bears his name refers to times far in the future: their exile, their return, and beyond to the Messiah.
From Isaiah 40 on, God has been talking about the wonderful redemption and restoration that He would bring about through Messiah. With all that complete and available, in chapter 55 He issues an invitation.
In verses 1-2, who is He inviting? All who are thirsty, and those who have no money.
What is He offering? Water…but more: wine, milk, and bread, nourishing and delicious.
What are the terms of His offer? Everything is free. No money needed. All you have to do is want this food, and come to receive it.
This is true food and drink. Unlike our usual food, this won’t just nourish your body for a few hours. It will nourish your essential life, your complete self, and it will do so forever. It will totally satisfy you! It’s like a buffet of all the most delicious, nutritious foods. Just come, eat your fill for free, and “delight yourself in abundance” (Isaiah 55:2b, NASB).
What does this passage tell you about God? What picture does it draw of Him?
- He is a Banquet Host who loves to give His very best.
- He gives it all freely and joyfully. This host enjoys entertaining and giving.
- He hates to see us wasting our entire lives on what is shallow and temporary, on what will only keep our bodies going for a few more hours. He is passionately concerned about our deepest, most lasting benefit.
Seven centuries later, this Banquet Host would send His only Son from heaven to earth to make the same offer in person:
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.
“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water spring up to eternal life.” (John 4:10, 13-14, NASB)