I love these passages in Isaiah 55. They begin with an invitation. The character and very nature of God is generous and inviting. He begins with the simple word, “come.”
It’s like God is standing on the threshold of his house. I can see him. He is excited, He is happy. He is welcoming. It’s as if God is saying, “Hey, are you thirsty? Hey, are you broke?” I’ll make you a deal, you don’t have to pay me, it’s free, you do have a part to play, you do have to come to me, you do have to listen, to hear me, but in exchange, I’m going to make you a promise. This promise begins in eternity and stretches on without end, forever! I know your condition. I know you are thirsty. I know you are empty. I know you have squandered your life chasing after the things which can not satisfy you! I have this great idea, I’m going to send you a Prince, a leader.”
Look for him. Seek him. Get up. Leave behind your restlessness and bad choices, He has something beautiful to offer. In His open hands, free for the taking, is mercy, love and pardon.
God is reasoning with his people, comparing himself to the rain and snow which come down for a purpose. They water and nourish with an end goal, to yield seed for the sower and bread for the eater. God cares about relationships & community. We don’t grow entirely for our own benefit! Our growth is also for the benefit of others.
The Lord himself, the word of God, the living water, He shall lead me out of my own personal exile. God will lead me by his Word, past and present promises. He will lead with such joy that all of nature itself will burst into song!!
This is Easter week! Easter, where God proves his love forever, and signs an eternal contract to all humanity with the blood of his son, Jesus.
Come! Come to the living water, and you will never thirst again!
Come! Come to the bread of life! And you will be satisfied! In John 6 Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)