When I was in college there was no better combination of two words than the words, “free food”. Do you know that if you go to Sam’s Club on Saturdays around lunch time you can pretty much fill your stomach on the free samples that they provide? Now as I’m over 50, free food usually means food that not’s good for you but I’m still listening…. Listen to these words from Isaiah 55: “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.
The imagery here is so rich and filling! This is especially true when you consider that in the day it was written, food was a much more precious commodity than it is to those of us in the United States. The idea of “buying” food and water without price and that would satisfy would be almost unimaginable to most. God offers “food” that is able to sustain each of us and that food doesn’t have a monetary price. No, it is provided free of charge by God Himself. God does not desire that we spend our resources on things that do not satisfy; things like fame and power and riches. Rather God desires that we seek what is best from Him, humility, service, patience, etc…What is on your weekly menu? What are you trying to acquire in your life? There are a lot of options out there but only those from God are truly filling…and free!