1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
2 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.
3 Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The sure mercies of David.
I love this passage! God’s call to His people throughout the ages is to come to Him. He calls all people of all races and all generations, “Ho!” This is what you would say to a room full of people whose attention you are trying to get. With a raised voice and no one particular in mind but the whole room who needs to hear the announcement, “Ho!” Then once God has the rooms attention, He tells them what He wants them all to hear, “Everyone who thirsts, come…” Jesus said, “Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” The call of God throughout the Bible is the call to all in need, “Come unto me.”
Unlike the call of religion, God calls us to Him to be satisfied. Religion doesn’t satisfy for it keeps asking its followers to keep coming back for another drink, another try, another work, another unfulfilled attempt. God calls us to satisfy us in Him. Religion calls its followers to give money or to give years of life, or to give children to the church. God calls us without money and without price to come and to receive abundance from His grace-filled hand.
“Ho!” God calls us to satisfy us. Why would we spend money and time of life on that which does not satisfy when God alone has the answer to our deepest desires? Surely the One who created us knows how to satisfy us. Why go to anyone but to Him for the satisfaction that we long for? God has the abundance that our soul needs and wants us to delight in His abundance. What a picture this is. It is like a call to a hungry stomach to come to a Thanksgiving feast, a free and fulfilling Thanksgiving feast. We should want everyone we know to come with us to this amazing offer of grace and peace, this offer of full and eternal satisfaction from God Himself. Hear the call, come and your soul shall live.
Last night I went to a Ted-x talk in Naperville with Tim Ryan. Afterward we watched the premier showing of Dope Man, an A&E reality show featuring a day in the life of Tim Ryan. Tim goes after young people and adults who are on heroin. Tim went to prison because of heroin and lost his own son to a heroin overdose. He is a man on a mission. Most of the show was filmed in Naperville with a section in Downers Grove and Chicago. Every day in America 144 people die to heroin overdose. If you can, go back and watch last night’s A&E episode of “Dope Man.” Your heart will break for the young people and the families in our neighborhoods who are dealing with heroin addiction.
Our kid’s summer is coming to an end quickly. Marching band starts next week and that is an eight hour a day commitment. Football practice has already started. Start praying for our kids as they will be once again immersed in the godless culture. Pray for them to have the strength to live for Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord,