“Come, buy, and eat without cost.”

What are you hungry for this Easter? What are you thirsty for? What are you chasing after and buying to fulfill your desires? In Isaiah 55:1-7, God invites everyone who is hungry and thirsty to “come to the waters, and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” This is not a gimmick, there are no strings attached, no catch. He invites all people, rich or poor, from every tongue, tribe, and nation, whatever color, shape, size, or language, no matter how smart or foolish, to come to Him. He provides the wine, milk, and food, which stand for His joy, nourishment, and sustenance. He is the source of all this bounty, and He pours it out on anyone who will come. Come today and get an extra helping! Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? Is your throat dry or your lips blistered from the heat, the pain and struggle of “today”? Does your stomach groan with hunger? God will pour out abundantly and give you joy and nourishment, “wine and milk, rich food” that He provides. “Listen diligently to Him, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in rich food” that He supplies. It is free for those who would receive.

The problem is, you don’t receive. “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” We are all guilty of going our own way, choosing to follow what we think is right. What are you spending money on and working for, the latests toys and comforts? Is this fulfilling? Does it provide everlasting joy and promise? Does it feed your soul? “Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live.” A new Xbox won’t feed your soul. Much of our pursuits are trivial, and although they may provide some joy or satisfaction or entertainment briefly, it does not last. Only God and eternal things are everlasting. Seek first the kingdom of God and lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven that do not rust or break or get lost. Seek the Lord today, while He may be found.

The Lord says to you, “Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.” God made David king of Israel, and He promised him that his heir would always sit on the throne; his heir is Jesus, who was born of a virgin, perfect man and perfect God, who lived a sinless life, died on the cross for sin and rose on Easter Sunday. He ascended on high and will return for His people one day. This is an everlasting covenant that will never go away. God’s steadfast, sure love will always be for Jesus and His people. It is our hope and joy this Easter, for us who are born again and trusting in Him. Do you want your soul to live forever? Incline your ear, come to Him and hear. Be born again. “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; let him return to the Lord, that He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”