“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.”
These two verses are part of a plea that God is making to His people. If you go back to chapter 54 you’ll see Him explain the reason behind their upcoming suffering. The LORD tells them in verses 7-8, “For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you.” Their unfaithfulness has led to a momentary disciplining. He reminds them that “my steadfast love will never depart from you” in verse 10 though they certainly will struggle to sense it while in exile.
Once God has completed His explanation and assured them that He will never waver in His commitment to them, we find ourselves at the beginning of chapter 55. In this passage God is agonizing over their decision to continually find satisfaction elsewhere: “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” Can you sense God’s desperate plea in these verses? He wants so bad for His people to be extremely pleased and contented with Him.
Now personalize that reality. Do you grasp how immensely God wants you to be overwhelmingly satisfied with Him?! He wants you to be absolutely enthralled with His love. We spend so much time, energy and money to find satisfaction while God offers it at absolutely no charge: “Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” Do you know why He offers it to so freely? Your satisfaction has already been paid for.
By washing away your sins and restoring your relationship with God, Jesus has secured your pleasure. You can enjoy the wine of God’s love because He has removed your sinfulness and granted you the righteousness which He requires for those would would come into His presence. And “in [God’s] presence there is fullness of joy” (Ps. 16:11). All you need for everlasting joy is to be near God and to be able to say “for a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere” (Ps. 84:10). Enter freely through the Door, Jesus Christ, into the joy of your Master!
May you find satisfaction and joy as you experience God’s presence now and look forward to the full disclosure which is coming.
For His glory and fame,