“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.
“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 delight yourself in abundance.
“Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that you may live.
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies shown to David.”
(Isaiah 55:1-3 NASB)
We all thirst for something, don’t we? I mean we are all born with this God-void inside of us because we are born with sin natures, and so we have this need within us, which we might not even be able to describe, which only God can fill. And, so, as those with sin natures, we try to fill that void, only we, in our sin, try to fill it with all the wrong things, which will never satisfy.
Thus, in our sin natures, we end up craving this or that, always trying to fill that void with entertainment, human relationships, sports, careers, hobbies, possessions and sinful habits, and the like. But, although these things can bring gratification to our flesh, and they can certainly kill time and take up space, they can never fill that God-void which is deep down inside of us.
So, the counsel here is for us to come to God, to Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is the ONLY ONE who can fill that void and bring peace, comfort and joy to our hearts. And, we can’t buy him with money. We can’t do anything in our flesh to gain his divine approval. And, we can never earn or deserve his grace and our own salvation from sin. God’s grace to us is a FREE gift, so that is why we can “buy” (accept) it even if we have no money at all.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.”
(Isaiah 55:6-7 NASB)
But, FREE does not mean God requires nothing of us, even though a lot of folk will try to convince you of that. And, that is because they don’t understand what the “free gift” really is. They think God’s grace is like waving a magic wand over us and “poof,” everything is good now, and we can just go on with our lives, assured that one day, when this life on earth is over, we will get to go to heaven and be with God because Jesus paid the penalty for our sin.
Well, they have it half right, but they leave out the other half. They leave out the half where Jesus/God says that we have to forsake our wicked ways, including our unrighteous (immoral or impure) thoughts. And, then we need to turn to the Lord and seek him and call upon him, but not just when we are in trouble or when we have a need we want him to meet. For, he is not a genie in a bottle, although many people make him out to be just that.
If we want to be saved of our sins and have eternal life with God, and experience God’s compassion and forgiveness, we have to first of all die with Christ to sin and then live with him to righteousness. For, it is not those who merely confess Jesus Christ as Lord who are saved, but it is those who walk (conduct their lives) according to God’s Spirit and no longer according to the flesh who have that hope of eternal life with God (See: Lu. 9:23-25; Rom. 8:1-1-7; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Jn. 1:5-9; Gal. 5:19-21; Gal. 6:7-8).
For, the “free gift” is not just forgiveness of sins and the hope of heaven when we die. The “free gift” is death to sin and living to righteousness because Jesus died on that cross to sin and he was resurrected from the dead to the honor and glory of God the Father in victory over our sin. And, the “free gift” is deliverance from the control of sin over our lives and the power of God in our lives to live godly, holy and upright lives until Jesus returns.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
“For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
“Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And it will be a memorial to the Lord,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”
(Isaiah 55:8-13 NASB)
For, we don’t think like God does, not in our human flesh. God is not made in our image, but we are to become like him in all ways. Our salvation is not just for us, but it is that we might give glory to God by our lives. It is for the praise of God that he provided salvation from sins. And, it is for his honor that he delivered us from slavery to sin so that we might walk with him in purity, in holiness, in righteousness and in integrity, honesty and faithfulness.
We can’t base our salvation on human logic and reasoning or on the teachings of those who want to coddle us in our sins, probably because they want to be coddled in their sins, too. God’s Word is true, and everything he said he would do will be accomplished, which can be a wonderful promise or it can be a severe warning, depending upon whether or not we believe what his Word teaches us which is evidenced by how we live our lives.
For those who have believed God’s Word (the whole counsel of God), and who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, and who have died with him to sin and are living with him to righteousness, we have that wonderful promise that we have been delivered from our sins and that one day we will get to be with our Lord forever in heaven (in glory).
But, for those who have chosen to believe the lies of Satan, which are propagated by human pastors and teachers and counselors, who are teaching that we can love God and sin, too, and still have our eternal life secured, then be warned that those lies are a false hope. God’s Word is clear that if we walk after the flesh or if we keep on practicing sin and we don’t walk according to the Spirit, that we will die in our sins, not live with Christ for eternity. So, don’t believe the lies. Believe God!
An Original Work / July 15, 2013
My heart cries: Lord, won’t You hear me
Seeking You for the answers
To my heartache and questions
I have concerning my life?
Speak, Lord, to me right now.
“Oh, dear one, why don’t you trust Me
With your life’s circumstances?
Give your all on the altar
In submission of your will
To My purpose for you.
“Surrender your life completely
To your Lord and your Savior.
He has all things planned for you
For His glory and honor.
He’ll work all things for good.
“Believe Him. He will fulfill all
Of His promises to you
For your life and your future.
Trust Him. Rest in His love.
He’ll give you peace from above.”
Friday, October 5, 2018 – Thank You, Jesus, that Your Word will not return empty, but it will accomplish the purpose for which you sent it. Amen!