Monday, April 16, 2012

"Eat What is Good"

This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at a women's event at our church here in Dallas. I had been praying about what the Lord would have me to speak on, in the context of this event and in preparing I felt confirmation that God wanted to discuss two specific passages of Scripture and their application. The first passage was from Isaiah 55:1-3, and verse 6:

"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live... Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

 In this passage, the Lord, through the prophet Isaiah is offering the invitation for the people to come and eat and drink, that which does satisfy. He then asks in verse 2, 'why are you buying that which doesn't satisfy you?' I then used John 6:25-40 to explain the passage above:

25 "When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”... 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.  38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

I explained from these two passages that we have both physical and spiritual needs in this life. We need to eat and be physically fed, but we also have a deep-seated spiritual need that we often try to fill ourselves. Whether we attempt to fill our emptiness with relationships, material possessions, achievements, or our status, none of these things will EVER satisfy completely. Only in God's Son, Jesus Christ, can we be truly satisfied and content.. it is He alone who is the bread who does fill our emptiness; in Him we will never thirst nor suffer hunger. I was more than blessed to be able to share this from the Word and from my own experience in life. God can and does satisfy "our every need in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:13). Remember to nourish your soul on this truth today, and be contented in the true Bread.

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