I am so thankful that using the M'Cheyne method of reading through the Bible, has us in Isaiah 55 after finishing Deuteronomy 28. I was so ready for God's invitation in verse one after struggling through all God's warnings to the Israelites if they failed to obey His voice and keep His commands. "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without price."
What a great invitation! "Come, everyone who thirsts." Lord, thank You for making me thirsty. O LORD God, I come to you. I find myself like Peter, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
What a great question! "Why do you labor for that which does not satisfy?" Does not that seem to be the constant condition of mankind? Aren't we always searching for satisfaction and are unable to find it. The world will present this and that as the ultimate satisfaction but when we achieve this or that, it is short-lived. Thank you, Father, for giving me "inclined ears." I do want to come to you and listen so that I may live. I want to delight myself with Your rich food.
What a great instruction! "Seek the Lord while he may be found...return to the LORD, that he may have compassion...he will abundantly pardon." LORD God, Your loving kindness endures forever. You faithfully call Your people to return. You are Wisdom who cries aloud in the street, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
To me, Isaiah 55:8-11 is one of the most comforting passages in all of Scripture. I delight in the fact that God's thoughts and ways are not like mine. I know my thoughts and ways have caused a lot of trouble for myself and others. The fact that God's Word accomplishes everything He purposes encourages and convicts me. It is the same LORD who gave us both Deuteronomy 28 and Isaiah 55. I need to remember what He says, He does.
When I have had opportunity to give advice and counsel to others, I remind myself of those four verses. Why would I ever give anyone Roy's wisdom when I can provide them with the understanding of the One whose Word never returns empty but fulfills His purpose?
Father God, thank You for Your invitations, questions, and instructions. Give me understanding so I might keep Your law and observe it with my whole heart. My desire is for a life that bears the fruit of repentance.