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.
Isaiah 55:1-2 (NLT)
God’s call is to COME! You need no money. You need no means. God gives an open call to all who will listen. God has the best waiting and available. He’s rich and generous.
God is also a gentleman, so if you prefer to meet your needs on your own, He won’t stop you.
God will allow you to fumble around, trying to find that thing. You know, that one thing you don’t have right now. That thing, which, if you possessed it, would make you happy. It could be a: house, boyfriend/girlfriend, spouse, career, degree, certain dollar amount in the bank or another whatever-thing-you-need-one-more-of. Perhaps that thing is a character trait. Maybe you need to be more; loving, patient, compassionate, involved, detached, or whatever you aren’t today.
God will allow you to spend your energy trying to use things, people, money, your abilities and your time tying to satisfy that nagging need. Undoubtedly, you can manage to find momentary satisfaction. Once the last bite is swallowed, the shine is gone, the goodbye is said, a new version is marketed, or one more demand is placed on your plate; the internal nag is back reminding you that you didn’t accomplish the goal. In the end, you find yourself tired, still in need and quite often wondering why God doesn’t care about you.
God does care. Don’t let your worn out spirit convince you otherwise. Don’t let your past attempts at filling your own cup, stop you from collecting an overflowing cup from God. Abandon the tasteless, worthless food of self-sufficiency and pride and enjoy a meal fit for a king; a meal provided by a King!
God runs His kitchen by His rules. God doesn’t think like you or act like you. For that you should be thankful. Remember, you are the one who was willing to spend money on junk, just so you would have something. God is offering you something better. Something only His plan and power can accomplish.
When it seems like God’s leaving the meal in the oven too long, that He’s missed an essential ingredient, or that something in the mix is off, rest assured, He IS able to make a feast out of what began as a mud-pie. God has a delicious, lavish feast prepared for you.
If you feel you’ve waited too long, no worries! If the only ingredients you have left, are bottom-of-the-barrel, stale and used up. Never fear! God is transforming. God can take the dried up crumbs of a life and transform them into a bountiful feast, fit for a guest.
Bring your tired, empty self to God! You will find a master waiting, not to punish you, but to take the miserable pieces you have left, and with grace and mercy fashion those pieces into something amazing! If you’re tired of the stuff that doesn’t satisfy, if you can’t fill the emptiness in the center of you, if you’ve squandered all you have trying, COME!
You’ll find a God who wants to give you, and is, simply THE BEST!
Father, I give you the pieces I have. I’m tired of trying to be good enough on my own. I want THE BEST you have to offer. Teach me to depend on Your grace and mercy, even when I don’t understand what it is You’re trying to make. Remind me that everything You do is THE BEST. I come to Your free buffet of mercy today, waiting to be filled.