Isaiah 55:1-3 - REALLY LIVING!!!

Isaiah 55:1-3 - REALLY LIVING!!!

Isaiah 55:1-3 (NCV) The LORD says, "All you who are thirsty, 
come and drink. Those of you who do not have money, come, buy and 
eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why 
spend your money on something that is not real food? Why work for 
something that doesn't really satisfy you? Listen closely to me, and you 
will eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that 
satisfies. 3 Come to me and listen; listen to me so you may live. I will 
make an agreement with you that will last forever. I will give you 
the blessings I promised to David. 

The word "thirsty" is used throughout Scripture as a metaphor 
for spiritual longing. [New Bible Companion] Man was created with an 
inner longing for God that finds lasting satisfaction only in 
fellowship with Him. The poetic beauty of this chapter is unsurpassed in 
Scripture. No more gracious invitation could be given for men to accept the 
blessings of salvation. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

"Waters" and "wine and milk" are symbols of abundant spiritual 
blessings. [Believer's SB] 

The product here can not be purchased with money for money can't 
buy it.  Our salvation is priceless.  What it cost God is beyond 
comprehension and eternal in value.  Salvation is a free gift of God for we 
could never earn it due to its priceless value.  So salvation is free, 
but yet it costs us everything.  To obtain it requires total 
surrender and submission to God in all that we do. [SS Quarterly 6/6/04 

   Making big decisions usually takes a while. A person doesn't 
typically get married, buy a house, or have a child on a whim. On the 
other hand, some decisions can't wait. The opportunity is here today - 
it may be gone tomorrow.  
   This reading contains an offer from God to take advantage of 
now. So put it at the top of your list of things to do, and don't 
delay. This is one offer that definitely doesn't get any better and 
won't be around forever...  
   Isaiah told his people to call on the Lord while he is near 
(Isaiah 55:6-7). He wanted them to respond to God while they still had 
the chance, and not delay.  
   God doesn't make occasional appearances and then leave us, 
but he also doesn't wait forever while we "think about" whether or 
not we'll respond to him. Deliberately putting off the decision to 
accept Christ as Savior tests God's patience.  
   Don't test God's patience or wait until you're "ready" to 
call on him. Turning to him later in life may be far more difficult 
than it is now. Or worse, you may die or Christ may return to judge 
the earth before you decide to follow him. Therefore, seek God now, 
while you can, before it is too late. Someday it will be. [The One 
Year Through the Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman] 

   When it comes to jigsaw puzzles, we all know that to enjoy a 
satisfying outcome you need all the pieces. In many ways, life is like 
that. We spend our days putting it together, hoping to create a 
complete picture out of all the scattered parts. 
   Yet sometimes it seems like a piece is missing. Perhaps we've 
been pursuing the wrong pieces to the puzzle. Even though we may know 
that life without God at the center is a life that has lost the most 
important piece, do we live as though He isn't particularly relevant? And 
even though we may attend church regularly, is He the throbbing 
center of our lives? Sometimes we grow accustomed to feeling distant 
from God. This makes it easier to sin, complicating the sense that 
something important is missing. 
   But no matter how far we may drift from God, He wants us 
near. He appealed to His people through the prophet Isaiah: "Why do 
you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does 
not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let 
your soul delight itself in abundance" (Isa. 55:2). 
   If something is missing in your life, remember that God is 
the only One who can fully and abundantly satisfy you. Let Him 
complete the picture of your life. [Our Daily Bread] 

   Not long ago, God reminded me of the time he planted a 
listening seed in my heart. Rummaging through a junk drawer, I came across 
a gift - a small piece of cross-stitched art - that I had received 
soon after this prodigal had returned home. A found treasure, the 
yellowed cloth stitched in red held a precious promise open to all: 
"God's voice still speaks to the listening heart."  
   After God opened my heart, I decided to accept his invitation 
to "come to me" and spend quality time alone with him in prayer and 
Bible study. He not only caused my soul to live, but he also gave me a 
burning desire to share what this awesome living is all about. I eagerly 
told family and friends that although this life is not without 
trouble, there is a way to experience a life filled with genuine love, 
strength, purpose, and more excitement than one could ever imagine. They 
listened to me. And I to them.  
   One of the perks of the journey is sharing the road with 
others who also desire to hear God's magnificent voice. We love, care 
for, and encourage one another and are Jesus-with-skin-on for one 
another. I am convinced that a listening heart possesses the key to soul 
satisfaction, through good times and bad.  
   Susan M. Schulz, director of Listening Hearts Ministry, is a 
Bible teacher, writer, wife, and mother of three. She lives in 
Woodstock, Georgia. [The One Year Bible Live Verse Devotional re Isa. 

   Come to Me and listen! Attune yourself to My voice, and 
receive My richest blessings. Marvel at the wonder of communing with the 
Creator of the universe while sitting in the comfort of your home. Kings 
who reign on earth tend to make themselves inaccessible; ordinary 
people almost never gain an audience with them. Even dignitaries must 
plow through red tape and protocol in order to speak with royalty.  
   Though I am King of the universe, I am totally accessible to 
you. I am with you wherever you are. Nothing can separate you from My 
Presence! When I cried out from the cross, "It is finished!" the curtain 
of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. This opened the 
way for you to meet Me face to Face, with no need of protocol or 
priests. I, the King of kings, am your constant Companion. (Isa. 50:4; 
55:2, 3; John 19:30; Mat. 27:50, 51) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


The God-shaped void within our heart
Cannot be filled by treasure;
It's only God who satisfies
In ways we cannot measure. Sper [Our Daily Bread]

There's a longing in every heart that only Jesus can satisfy. by 
Joe Stowell [Our Daily Bread] 

Only in Christ can men ever "have life" and "have it more 
abundantly" (John 10:10). [SDA Commentary] 


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