Thought for the Week - 11th DecemberPastor Gareth Watkins
Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you
Isaiah talks about matters which affect the soul.
In life, we are praying a price and these payments will either go to God or they go to Satan. Now that we are fully in the Christmas season – trees are up, decorations are hung and lights are on – is your spending taking you away from God?
God gives us money, and God gives us nice things however they must not be at the expense of our relationship with God.
There may be purchases and gifts that are not wrong. They may be decent. However, they can cause us to have a distancing from God. Scripture in Isaiah refers to purchasing that which money cannot buy.
If we come to this place through Jesus Christ, then God has promised to make an everlasting covenant with you. Who has experienced this covenant with God? If we come to this place through Jesus Christ, then God has promised that the soul will delight itself in abundance! Who has known the position of their souls before God?
These are things that money cannot buy. These are things more priceless than the most expensive gift. A man can know if he’s in a covenant with God. A man can know his man is alive to god. However, the foolishness of Christmas and its purchases can destroy man.
Isaiah 55: 6 encourages us to seek the Lord. In verse 7, He encourages us to forsake our ways. We read:
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,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
These are choices that we have to make going into 2017.
If we follow God’s pathway and seek these things that cannot be purchased with money, then the end of the chapter promises joy, peace singing, faithfulness and covenant. Or if we choose to buy the things of the world, then the passage promises thorns, briar trees and an everlasting sign that is cut off.
This is a call to buy the things that are eternal, and see God move in our lives in 2017.