March 14

Isaiah 55:1-5

“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.” vs. 2

The prophet was an astute observer of his peers and had discovered that a large number were dissatisfied and unhappy. It wasn’t that they were broke and unemployed. Like many of us they had jobs and earned a reasonable wage, but they spent their money foolishly and their labor seemed pointless. Again, a familiar story! The prophet proposed a change of focus–what they needed to do was pay more attention to their diets! Of course he’s talking about what might be called “soul food,” the spiritual nourishment that comes with a more intimate relationship with God. Folks in our time are still struggling to discover that rich food the prophet was referring to. Most of us have more money than we ever dreamed of and a huge range of employment opportunities, but we’re still dealing with spiritual poverty. Contentment can be elusive. We struggle to make sense of life and keep wondering if there isn’t some magic potion or drug that could give spark to our life and dull our inner ache. Many have found that satisfaction in their faith, a commitment to Christ that leads them into a life of service and caring. They may not be getting rich, but their contentment is off the charts!

Thought for the Day: What’s my soul food?

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