God’s INVITATION to enjoy ABUNDANT LIFE
August 3 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 55-57
"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. 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. 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." (Isaiah 55:1-3)
In Isaiah 55, God extends a general invitation to everyone to find their satisfaction and their security in Him alone. This is a call to revival for all who have wandered far from God or His grace that is the basis for our relationship with Him. This is also a call to salvation for those who do not know Him personally, promising a free but abundant and eternal life that is better than money can buy.
God’s invitation is issued to the thirsty and the penniless—all who will recognize their need for spiritual blessing and their inability to meet the need themselves. “Waters” and “wine and milk” are symbols of abundant spiritual blessings. These blessings are the waters of the Holy Spirit, the wine of joy, and the milk of God’s Word. They are the free gifts of grace, without money and price. True satisfaction and lasting pleasure are found only in God! As Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman: "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:13-14)
When we return to God, we will also receive all the “sure mercies” promised to David (2 Sam. 7) in the everlasting covenant (Isaiah 55:3b; Psalm 89:3, 4, 28, 29). This covenant promises that a descendant of David will rule eternally over a kingdom that will bless all the nations (Luke 1:32, 33; 2:30–32). This will be fulfilled one day in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His glorious reign. We will share in the benefits of God’s kingdom. However, the pathway of blessing lies in seeking the Lord and in forsaking sin. When we thus return to the Lord, we will find Him full of mercy and pardon (Isaiah 55:6-7).
Thus, to those who “spend money for what is not bread” and “wages for what does not satisfy” (Isaiah 55:2), God offers a compelling invitation: “Come to Me … and your soul shall live” (v. 3). This marvelous call of God is extended to everyone in this world. Anyone who is thirsty can drink of His waters of grace (55:1, 5).
This same invitation is still in effect for everyone today. In the Book of Revelation, the Lord says, “I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts…and let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 21:6; 22:17).