Monday, March 1st 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

Good news in hard times. Reassurance that better times lie just ahead. This is the message of this portion of Isaiah. Although the people of Israel have suffered for a generation in the refugee camps of Babylon, the promise is certain that they will be heading home to rebuild their lives in Israel.

We long for good news in the midst of hard times. Looking with a wide lens at the way life really is, we realize that there is never a time that isn’t a hard time for someone.

The promise in this text – to eat and drink freely without money – is a daily reality for millions of people. Some have been cut off from their means of making a living by natural disasters, the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, and others live at the mercy of invisible market forces that dominate their lives. If they had to pay for their food, they would go hungry.

One of my best friends has been unemployed for over a year. His job went away when the recession hit, he was one of dozens laid off by his company. Now he, along with about 11 million Americans, worries about losing his unemployment benefits. He worries about how he can pay his bills. Although he sends out resumes every day, he hasn’t had a single interview in his line of work. It is a grind that wears a person thin.

So it is that we long for good news in the midst of hard times.

Our natural inclination in such times is to hide, to isolate, to batten down the hatches of our lives and try and weather the storm. Too often, alone. But God wants better for us. So God invites us to listen closely, to lean into God’s promises. God reminds us that hard times will not separate us from God’s love and provision.

God will find a way.

Let us pray: Dear Lord, we hear your promises spoken long ago to the dispirited people of Israel. Speak your promises again to those who risk losing hope along with everything else they have lost. Draw near to those who fear not being able to support their families. Open the hearts of those responsible for bringing aid to those in need. Teach us the power of sharing, that we might discover anew that there is always enough for all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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2 Responses to “Monday, March 1st Isaiah 55:1-5”

  1. Ivy Says:

    Thank you for getting the juices flowing for preaching this coming Sunday.

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