“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1)
In this scripture, we can see at least three things:
- An invitation
- It is addressed SPECIFICALLY to those in need
- A promise for that need to be met and fulfilled
This means that:
- Invitations call for a response
- Needs call for recognition
- Promises call for trust
Therefore we ought to:
- Respond to God’s invitation. Invitations aren’t meant ignored or just opened—they are offered so that they will be accepted. God is calling us to move forward, come closer to him, the well is open and we must go to it.
- Recognize our need. Drinking water is so much easier when we feel the thirst! Unfortunately, the soul’s thirst is much easier to ignore than our stomach’s thirst. When we know that our soul needs more, we are quick to respond to God’s invitation.
- Trust God’s promise of fulfillment. Trust and hope move us forward. We cannot grow closer to God if we don’t trust his promises. And this trust is ongoing, just like it is in our human relationships. It would be so great if we only needed to trust God once and never doubt again!
These three things—responding, recognizing, trusting—are connected, they aren’t really separate actions. Each one works to strengthen the others.
These few words tell us a lot about God. The invitation is evidence of God’s love—no one is forcing him to draw us closer to his sustaining presence. God knows we are broken, that we are thirsty, and he still loves us. God is trustworthy, the Creator who sustains the universe will also give us the waters we need.
Check out the rest of Isaiah 55 to find out how much his waters will costs us.