July 27

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.” vs. 1

The prophet is ecstatic about the good news that he has for Israel. The country had virtually ceased to exist–Jerusalem had been destroyed–everything people had held dear was gone. Even the temple lay in ruins! And he’s so overflowing with joy and excitement that he can hardly contain himself. He wants everyone to know that the love God has for them will persist forever, and they don’t have to do a thing to earn it–all of God’s choicest gifts are available to anyone who is hungry or thirsty, and they don’t need any money. This is the overwhelming good news of our scripture–it’s there in the prophets, the gospels, and the epistles of Paul. There is absolutely no point at all in knocking ourselves out and spending the precious days of our lives in accumulation or hoarding. We don’t have to earn God’s favor! And all the stuff the world has to offer can be lost in an instant. One economic downturn can wipe out our portfolios–and there’s no reason to spend one bit of our energy in worrying about it. It’s what happens with all worldly empires. What we need to remember always is that the best things in life are not things! And they’re always free!

Thought for the Day: How much do I worry about the economy?

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