“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink – even if you have no money! Come take your choice of wine or milk. It’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen and you will find life.” Isaiah 55:1-3a (New Living Translation).)
As I read these verses, I wonder at their relationship to our present physical life. Our number one health challenge in America today seems to be obesity which affects even our young children.
How many people load their grocery carts with goods that have no nutritional value? Fast food restaurants exacerbate the difficult situation. Energy levels fall and therefore people do not exercise. We spend a lot of time and energy thinking of what we will eat or drink and how we might satisfy our physical body. Yet the course many of us choose leads us on a downward spiral of poor health.
However, we have a spiritual body designed to last for eternity. God is telling us to get spiritual nourishment. But many are more comfortable with “feel-good” sermons rather than attending a church with messages that challenge us. Instead of delving into serious Bible studies we read Christian magazines. We neglect important, vital priorities while taking care of inconsequential things that truly do not satisfy our spirits.
We need to eat of the Bread of Life represented by the Word of God. In the desert temptations, Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matt. 4:4 NIV). As we feast on the scriptures, we can resist those pitfalls intended to ruin our lives. We grow to be more like Jesus. We have more love and compassion for our families, friends and those people who need help.
Another one of his promises is to give us living water. This refers to the Holy Spirit who brings abundant life – peace, love, joy and patience. We are changed to become kind, good, faithful and gentle.
The scriptures tell us to come to the Lord with our ears wide open, take time to meditate on his words, and listen to the Holy Spirit speak to our spirit. Then, obey what we read and hear. This nourishes our soul and spirit. I am always awed by the fact that God truly satisfies and is willing to teach us His ways.
Listen, my child,
My way is sweeter and richer than yours!
Allow Me to direct your passage through life.
I love you deeply.