Daily Delight

Saturday, April 2, 2016

I just love a good reference to spiritual water. It's what moves my soul. So with all the rain we have had here in Ohio lately, I feel soaked in love and grace. As a result of the rain, in the coming month, the grass will be green, lush, and soft beneath my feet - a sure sign that rain has nourished! True beauty! 

The book of Isaiah is structured in such a way that, in the first 39 chapters, Isaiah calls on Judah, Israel and the surrounding nations and warns them of God's judgment and intends to purify them by sharing the word of God. Instead, they ignored the warnings Isaiah had given them. The second half of the book of Isaiah (chapters 40-66) is more comforting, bringing a message of great hope. Isaiah's mission is to tell of his Messiah, the one to come that will embody a most holy God. Isaiah became a prophet in 740 BC. Is it not so incredible that 740 years before Jesus was born, a man was brave enough, and passionate enough to tell the story of Jesus? Before Jesus could even live the story himself?

In Isaiah 55:1, Isaiah invites 'all you who are thirsty' to a banquet of salvation: 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. (NIV)

This first man is physically thirsty, with nothing to drink. He is poor, with no money to pay for anything to eat or drink.

Verse 2 tells of a man who is mentally and spiritually thirsty. 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. (NIV)

This man has money and he is spending it; he has strength and he is laboring still. Emotionally, many can connect with this man - he is spending and working but is still frustrated with a lack of fulfillment. But Isaiah reminds us that if you eat what is good, "your soul will delight." In verse 3, Isaiah makes us a promise 740 years in the making. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. (NIV)

What a sweet gift we are given - an everlasting life. When we thirst for Jesus, we are satisfied with Daily Bread. God is an inviting God, and we are invited every day, every morning, to drink from the well of Jesus.


About the Author

Brandi Olmos≫ ≫ Brandi, 23, is a nomadic military wife and mama to two little boys, currently residing in Dayton, Ohio. She can normally be found in the middle of a good book, behind the lens of her camera, or in front of a large bowl of spaghetti. With a degree in history, she awakened her love of writing through researching the past. Above all, she believes in passionate pursuits, vulnerable faith, agape love, and the power of grace and forgiveness through her Heavenly Father. You can follow her thoughts and adventures at brandiolmos.com.


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