Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat. Yes, come; buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Isaiah 55: 1-2 NKJV
Here is a divine call. The almighty God by Himself is calling to sons of men, saying to the thirsty, come and drink freely. This is a call from the higher authority. A call that no one is expected to ignore; a special call that must be followed by a special and quick response.
If you have never heard God calling before, here is He calling out loudly, saying, Come. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, pause awhile and listen, your Creator is calling, saying, Come.
This is not a command anyway; it’s a calling from a loving heart. The word, ‘Ho,’ that begins the first verse is an expression of a loving emotion.
Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters… Come and drink freely…
What a good God! This offer is not meant for some special people alone. This offer is not reserved for some sect of personalities with long lists of qualifications but everyone.
Everyone, regardless of nationality, regardless of tribe or race, Come. Black or white, young or old, male or female, rich or poor. The same message for all is, come. The living God, your Creator says, Come.
The only requirement is your desire, a thirst for God. Whoever has a thirst, whoever has a desire, whoever needs something, whoever needs the intervention of greater authority to subdue some ridiculous challenges in their life, come!
Are you having some difficult times? Walking through the thick and thin? Are you in the midst of confusion? Are you at the end of the rope and you don’t know what to do next? Then God is calling you. All you need to do is come.
Come to the waters… and drink freely
The word, ‘Come’ indicates God is available for you. No one will say come except he is right there (standing) where he asked you to turn to, except he is a deceiver.
God is standing and waiting for you. He is not referring you to somewhere other than where He is standing. He is referring you to no one else than Himself.
You see, no one is capable of solving your problem. You shouldn’t put your trust in some mini gods to lighten the weight of your predicament, they don’t exist or they will make your hardship even more complex if ever they do.
Jesus is the only one who can satisfy you, and that’s why He says ‘Come’ and not ‘Go’. And here He’s waiting to receive you.
…to the ‘waters’. I was wondering why God was saying come to the ‘waters’ instead of come to the ‘water’, and then I suddenly discovered the correctness of God in the use of words.
Water in English is uncountable and cannot be pluralized except in the case where you are talking about several sources of water. Water here is used literally to signify the good gifts of life. As we can have rainwater, well water, river water, spring water etc. as waters so also we can have blessing, favour, peace prosperity etc. as good gifts of life.
Therefore, when God says, Come to the waters and drink freely, He is saying come to the source of every good gift of life. And Jesus is the source of all good gifts of life. James 1:17 says:
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and come down from the father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. NKJV
Jesus is the source of life and every good gift. In Him, you can have life. In Him, you can have peace. In Him, you can have your desires fulfilled. In Him, you can satisfy your thirst and hunger.
Come to the waters… Come and drink freely… What does this mean?
This is what Jesus was saying In John 4:10 when He was talking to the woman of Samaria by the well of Jacob. He said to the woman:
If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who said to you ‘Give me a drink’ you would have asked him, and He would have given you the living water. NKJV
And you who have no money, come, buy and eat…
In economics, there can never be a buying and selling without the use of money. The only means by which it can be possible is utilizing trade by barter. But that deals with exchanging the little thing you have for that which you don’t have, and this can only work if the second party needs what you have.
But here God, out of His loving heart, is asking us to come and buy wine and milk even without money and without price.
I want you to take note that God is not asking you to buy now and pay later. He’s not talking about instalment. And that is why He said without money and without price.
God has opened His big storehouse to everyone, rich and poor alike. He has opened the heavens for as many who desire to come in. If you are a living soul you are qualified.
Now, this is what God is saying: even if you are poor, or have been rejected, even if you have been cheated all your life and no one has ever counted you as anything, as far as I am concerned, you too can come and drink freely!
Have you ever seen a business man or woman advertising his new product on media and at the same time offering the same for free? Have you ever seen someone opening his supermarket to people of every kind and telling them to buy whatever they want without paying a dime?
Is there anyone who can give everyone access to his treasure room without a price? Oh! You said No. But that is exactly what God is doing here.
Do you wonder why God has to do so much for us? It’s because someone has paid so much. Jesus paid it all with His blood. Now we can live a prosperous life; we can live as princes and princesses; we can live as royal priesthood; we can now live a righteous life in Christ and we can live a life of abundance because someone has paid for all we can ever ask for.
Lest I forget, let me quickly note here: wine and milk are salvation and peace, sound mind and prosperity, peace and grace, goodness and favour, new life and mercy, authority and power etc. come and buy them without money and without price.
Prodigality is bad… Come and drink freely
Why do you spend your money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Psalm 42:2 NKJV
Do you see that probing question? This is a rhetorical question from the sincere heart of the Almighty.
It appears to me that the Lord is greatly concerned about us. I see God acting as a caring father, calling us one-on-one saying, “My son Why?
Why are you doing this? Why do you have to spend your money for that which is not bread? Why are you wasting your wages on that which is not good for your soul?
Why are you wasting your money on food that brings no satisfaction? Why? Why are you busy with the business that brings you no gain?
Why are you wasting your money on prostitution as if prostitution is bread? Why are you using your utmost energy to cause trouble as if it pays to be a troublemaker?
Why are you wasting your life smoking cigarettes and drinking beer as if they are good for your health? Why are you spilling your own soul on the table of fornication and adultery?
Why are you wasting your wages on unprofitable ventures of murdering? Why do you enjoy killing innocent babies through abortion? Why? Why?
Why are you living your life as if nobody can question you? Why do you become so naughty and arrogant as if you are immortal? Why are you living your life as if this world belongs to you? Why?
Why are you so concerned about your body that you forget your soul that will continue to live hereafter? Why do you enjoy watching pornography as if this is what you are born to do? Why? Why?”
Now, Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And LET your soul delight itself in abundance. Now, God is saying, my child, eat what is good. He’s saying come and drink freely.
There are good things for your soul and they are in the Lord’s hand. God is willing to give them to you but He will not force you to receive.
You are to choose whether to receive them or to reject them. Everything is in your hands, hence whatever you choose is yours.
You can decide now to come to the Saviour for your safety or to turn away to your own perdition. But I beseech you my friend, come!