This week in my reading plan, I got to re-read a favorite chapter that I haven’t read in a long time – Isaiah 55. I love every verse in that chapter, from the reminders of God’s forgiveness and compassion, to the reassurances of His sovereignty and wisdom, to the call for righteous and joy-filled living. It starts off like this:
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live . . .”
Have you ever realized that God wants us to eat good things? That He wants us to delight in rich food? He doesn’t want us to be miserable and starved; He wants us to be thriving and abundantly living in Him! He wants us to be overflowing with contentment and peace and joy. But it can only happen if we are abiding in Him. If we purposely go to Him, and buy of His food and partake of His living water. We know that this world cannot satisfy our longings. We know that we cannot fulfill our deepest desires through our own means. But yet that’s exactly what we keep trying to do. We spend our time and our efforts on things that don’t satisfy. We use up our God-given resources on things that won’t last, that won’t fulfill our needs. But He offers us more than that!
Read of His promises given in Isaiah 61:3,10. His desire is:
“to grant to those who mourn . . . a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that [we] may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.”
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
He wants all of that for you! He wants to exchange your faintness of heart for a garment of praise, your ashes of broken dreams for a beautiful headdress. He wants to make you an oak of righteousness, a pillar of His glory and strength and beauty. He wants to clothe you in His jewels, not the material kind but the spiritual kind, the jewels of humility and grace and integrity and purity and strength.
He wants you to eat what is good and delight yourself in rich food. Are you willing to partake? Do you desire His kind of rich feast? Are you feeding your soul with His good food, with everything that is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy? That is His good food. That is His rich feast for you.
And that’s what I’m meditating on this week, what God reminded me of in my time with Him.
What about you?