Digging into Isaiah 55:1-3
Why read the Bible? Because it teaches us what is right and what is wrong, what is wise and what is foolish? Because its real-life stories show us how to live and how not to live? How about this reason: soul satisfaction?
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live (Isaiah 55:1-3 NIV).
How can soul thirst be quenched? By listening to the Lord. What can we “eat” what fully satisfies? His words, apparently. Listening to God, not just talking to him. Reading his words in the Bible.
Are you scratching your head? It is obvious that reading the Bible could keep us out of trouble and it could help us please God, but how can the Bible be called “rich fare [food]”? How can it “satisfy,” and give “delight” and “life”?
The answer to this mystery is the word me: “Listen, listen to me” (verse 2). “Give ear and come to me” (verse 3). The words recorded in the Bible are doorways through which we can meet with God himself.
Making It Personal
- Do you usually find the Bible dry and boring? Have you looked for God on its pages?
- Do your failures make you uneasy about encountering God? Would you like him to accept you and give you the ability to do better? Ask Zacchaeus and the Samaritan woman about that.
- Are you thirsty? Come and drink.