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God says not everyone’s invited. (Isaiah 55:1)

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1)

In this scripture, we can see at least three things:

  1. An invitation
  2. It is addressed SPECIFICALLY to those in need
  3. A promise for that need to be met and fulfilled

This means that:

  1. Invitations call for a response
  2. Needs call for recognition
  3. Promises call for trust

Therefore we ought to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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My wife and I have had five children, all boys. Before each one was born, we had lengthy discussions about their name. For every child, I made an argument to name him MAGNUS. It’s unique. It’s Latin for magnificent. His nickname could be Gnus (pronounced, Guh-nus) and everything would be awesome.

Needless to say, I never got my way.

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Inward life THIRST

THIRST, day 35

Scripture: So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there–so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured. (Isaiah 28:13)

Prayer: God, help me to learn your Word and obey it with all my heart. Help me to follow where you lead, and not get caught up in my own ideas, valuing them above your Word.

Reflection: We are called to know and obey God’s Word. Over time, and with great care, self-discipline creates new habits that lead to spiritual growth. Over time, we change and so do our challenges. New habits need to be developed. When we resist the change, our habits are no longer spiritual, instead, they only appear so. They become meaningless rituals and they bear no spiritual fruit. We are no longer growing, instead, we fall, get hurt, traped, and eventually captured.


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