Monday, February 22, 2016

Isaiah 55:1-9 God’s Ways Bring True Satisfaction

KEY TEXT: Isaiah 55:6-9 "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. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither 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."

KEY THOT: As God’s people, we are not to seek for things that do not satisfy, things that the world seeks after: “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2a). Instead, we are to come to the Lord to “eat what is good and delight yourselves in rich food” (v. 2b). True satisfaction in life comes from seeking the Lord: “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). It's not found in meeting all our physical and psychological needs alone through our food and through our work. It's to be found in the Lord and his word: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). The world tells us to seek fulfillment in our job and the things money can buy instead of the Lord; but the truth is none of these in themselves can satisfy our innermost need unless we have first found the Lord. 

But the Lord’s word for us today is this: “my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither 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” (Isa 55:8-9). If we are wise, we would follow God’s ways and God's thoughts, not man's thoughts. Human ideas are faulty, no matter how clever they seem, for they are tainted  by sin and self-centredness and they lead ultimately away from God. Only by aligning our worldview with God's thoughts and God's ways will we be drawn back to God. But if we follow the world's thoughts and ways, we will stray away from Him.

Father God, we thank You for Your reminder today that we are to seek You while You may yet be found. Help us turn away from the thoughts and ways of this world and to accept Your thoughts and Your ways in our lives so that we might find You in our lives. Amen.

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