Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Social media is afire with clashes of conflicting thoughts. Distorted human philosophies have spawned chaos. Thirsty, sinful hearts seek to quench their emptiness through debates and vitriol. The world is aflame with hate.
Isaiah 55 is an invitation to an abundant life fueled by God’s promises. God invites us to partake from the rich bounty of His thoughts and His ways, which are vastly superior to any theory that human neurons could possibly concoct.
Embedded deep within our hearts and minds, God’s thoughts and promises always reap bountiful harvests. If we ponder His words more than the latest tweets that we yearn to refute and combat, our lives will be fueled by joy and peace; our souls will be profoundly satisfied.
However, we must be willing to exchange our thoughts for His, our ways for His. We must evaluate how our dearly-held beliefs may fuel conflict and division. Choosing to love rather than hate, to listen rather than dispute, we can heal instead of divide.
Do you crave God’s priceless thoughts? What heart-held treasure will you surrender so that God can reveal eternity’s riches to your soul?
"I want to know God's thoughts – the rest are mere details." Einstein
Chaplain (currently disabled), Eugene, Oregon USA