Daily Readings & Thought for June 30th “WHY DO YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY FOR …”
Our reading in Isaiah ch. 55 challenges us in a really pointed way today! It begins with an invitation, “”Come, everyone who thirsts …” Thirsty for what? “He who has no money” is invited! “Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” The challenge is made in the 2nd verse, “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy?”
What do God’s words through the prophet mean? Life today is a self-centred life, how few think of their Creator and take any notice of the invitation God gave through Isaiah long ago – but which God has seen preserved for those living in the 21st Century. The invitation is to “delight yourselves in rich food.” What kind of food – for the stomach or for the mind and heart? Obviously the latter! Food to give eternal meaning to your life!
Verse 3 tells us! “Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant …” The prophet is then caused to write of God’s “steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples …” [v.4]
To better understand this we must go and deeply consider the promises God made to him – which David perceived were “… spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord GOD!” [2 Sam. 7 v.19] It now increasingly clear we are living in that time!
Our Isaiah chapter builds up to a climax in revealing in fairly straightforward wording the power of the promises we read in God’s word. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed …” [v.10,11]
We each have that word in our hands – but has it really entered our heart to create a “crop” that God can harvest. We read in Isaiah 45 that God declared “from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: (until)’To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’ [v.23]
Are you and I living so God’s word is alive in our hearts? How are we spending our “money“? Let us all labour for that which will satisfy – eternally.