Monday, November 9th Isaiah 55:1-5

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Isaiah 55:1-5

Whenever you read a text from Isaiah it is important to realize which part of the book you are reading. Isaiah, written over a long period of time, is divided into at least two, probably three, major sections that correspond to different moments in the history of Israel – we can just call them the “bad times” and the “good times” (and if you accept that there is a distinctive 3rd Isaiah, the “how to live well in the good times” section.)

The bad times of the first part of Isaiah were written as the northern kingdom, Israel, was falling to the invaders from Assyria. It would disappear forever. The good times of the second part were written as King Cyrus of Persia defeated the Babylonians and the people anticipated the possible return of the Israelite refugees from Babylon back to Jerusalem. The verses for today are at the end of this second part of Isaiah. They are the promise of good times pulling the people out of bad times.

Here is what I know about bad times and good times – bad times and good times are present all the time. When it is night somewhere, it is day somewhere else. The same snow that cancels a ballgame in the winter waters the crops in the spring.

Here is what else I know – you can look back at your life and see many times that were much better, and many other times that were much worse, than what you are going through right now. The future will get better and the future will get worse. Whoever said it was right – “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

But between now and then….

The bad times and the good times are part of all the time, and God is present in all of them. The bad times do not nullify the promises of God and the good times do not define them.

The lesson for today is to trust God through all the times of our lives. His promises will endure and his Word will not return empty.

Let us pray: Dear Lord, so often we feel abandoned by you when life gets difficult but then we ignore you when life is good. This is our weakness and our foolishness. Help us by your Spirit to trust in your presence and promises during all the times of our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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2 Responses to “Monday, November 9th Isaiah 55:1-5”

  1. Mary G Says:

    Dear Lord, Thank you for this good time in my life. Amen.

  2. Harold Markuson Says:

    I thank God for the good times and the bad because the bad times sometimes show me the error of my ways and lead me to do better. Something good seems to come from the suffering of Bad time and my faith is strengthened.

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