an economy of abundance

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… 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. Isaiah 55:1,3

This passage has been heavy on my heart recently after reading this post from the She Reads Truth Lent study a few days ago. Those words rocked me – because he is literally saying come with nothing, because you have nothing, and let me satisfy you with myself instead. He is offering living water and eternal life. “His economy is one of abundance…” and his invitation is to everyone who thirsts. Man!

I was catching up on the Lent study and sheepishly came before the throne that morning, apologetic for being behind and feeling empty handed… only to read these words and be reminded that we can only be filled by the hand of the father when our hands are open and empty anyways!

The passage in Isaiah 55 speaks to our utter inability to sustain ourselves. We either have no money or no way to provide (v.1) or we spend it foolishly on all that cannot satisfy (v.2). BUT GOD! So rich in mercy and so aware of our need – He reaches out with free, undeserved grace. He invites us to the sit at the table we cannot afford, to eat food we could not provide on our own, and to be full on Him when we could not satisfy our own souls. He has offered His presence through His eternal covenant (v.4-5) and this gift is free to the repentant who humbly accept (v.7)

Because He is not only better than us, but other, He is able to use all that He sends forth to benefit and revive (v.10) — even the words of His mouth bring life! They are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and intentional to those who hear (v.11), able to accomplish His purpose on their way. So we (who had no money to buy food and no way to survive) are invited to come dine at His table, partaking of the very best. He sends us out fulfilled and singing His praise with the mountains and the trees (v.12)! What should have been is replaced by what can only be through Him (v.13) for all eternity. To His name be all glory and honor and praise!

His economy is one of abundance, and He gives to everyone who has need (v.1). May I never fail to come before the throne empty handed, trusting His grace to satisfy fully!

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