Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Isaiah 55:1-3

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David."
Isaiah 55:1-3

Sometimes I think we get amazingly distracted by how the world looks at things.  We value only the tactile, and assume that what we have to pay the most money for is of the most worth.  And here, God points out our error in perception.  Using food as a metaphor for the gospel, he tells us that salvation is free.  We can come and feast upon God's words and have the things that matter the very most, without money, and without price... essentially priceless. :)
God asks why we spend money on things that aren't gospel-centered and that have no worth (compare 2 Nephi 9:50-51), and why we work on things that don't have the ability to satisfy us.  And he urges us to instead eat what is good, and to let our souls delight in fatness. :)  Essentially, to feast on the gospel and not feel like we have to stop until our souls are satisfied to overflowing. :) 
God offers to make a covenant with us... each of us... if we will listen, and come unto him.  He promises that our souls will live... which is a good promise, and worth an agreement with the Lord. :)
Today, let's think about this.  Are we spending money on things that have no worth?  Are we laboring for things that don't have the ability to satisfy us?  And are we valuing all of these things that money can buy as more valuable than the gospel... which God offers to us without price?  Are we feeding our bodies and letting our souls starve?   And if so, to any extent, let's take God up on his offer... let's listen, draw near to him, and commit to all that he asks, in return for eternal life.  ... Not a bad deal. :)

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