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April 12 | Isaiah 55:1-3


 

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Free For The Taking

by Jennifer Jerrome


I was twenty-six when my husband and I bought our first home. We didn’t think much about it. That’s just what you did…get married, buy a house, have a baby, and raise a family. But for today’s young adults, the story is a little different. Buying a home, even renting, is not that simple. There are more hoops to jump through, and costs have skyrocketed.


I’ve been told by twenty-somethings that they don’t have a lot of hope for the future. It’s not that they don’t want to work hard, it’s that they feel even if they do it won’t be enough. Social media, politics, natural disasters, diseases, etc. are enough to make anyone of any age question the future.


Maybe Isaiah was speaking to people who felt similar despair. Financial insecurity touches every aspect of life. That’s why Isaiah 55:1-3 was, and continues to be, a life-giving message today.


The passage literally asks readers to “Listen, listen to me…Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.” And here is the essential message Isaiah wants us to hear...


Money is not necessary to feed your soul.


This is one time when having money gives you no advantage. God’s faithful love can’t be bought with denarii, gold, euros, pesos, or any form of currency. According to Luke 6:  


20Blessed are you who are poor, 

for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 Blessed are you who hunger now,

for you will be satisfied…


24 “But woe to you who are rich,

for you have already received your comfort.

25 Woe to you who are well fed now,

for you will go hungry.


We are to fill ourselves with “the richest of fare” and not waste our valuable time on junk that “does not satisfy.”


Whatever that junk may be for you, ask God to help you stop filling yourself with empty calories and start feasting on the true bread of life. And with that comes hope for a future filled with God’s abundant love. A love that doesn’t depend on interest rates and comes with zero hidden fees.


PRAYER

Father, may we listen to your life-giving words. Words that offer freedom from the daily struggle of having enough or being enough. We are enough in You. Thank you for taking “the least” and making them first at the feast of the kingdom. May we fill ourselves with the finest you have to offer and live in your grace. Amen






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robin.lorms
4月12日

Good morning, Jennifer.

When I read the Isaiah verses my first inclination was to think of "Wisdom" and the many passages found in Proverbs. Wisdom is far more valuable than silver or gold and only comes through knowledge and experience. Tim Keller gave us a great definition of Wisdom, "it comes from a wedding of knowledge and experience which combine to make us competent in dealing with the complex realities of life". True wisdom is found only in the One who can fill us--mind, body and soul. All that said, may we not forget those that not only "hunger and thirst for righteousness" but who are truly hungry.

Thank you for your thoughtful blog today. As Judy Webb said, "…


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Judy Webb
Judy Webb
4月12日

Thank you, Jennifer. This is a great devotion for me this morning. So well written, spelling it all out, leaving no doubt in my mind what is best. Well done! -- Judy

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