A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “Jesus’ Miracles”
Isaiah 55:1: “Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost!”
Does God ever ask us to do something that is impossible? He seems to be asking the impossible in Isaiah 55:1. He tells those who have no money to buy food to eat. This request seems impossible and perhaps even insensitive. How do you purchase drink with no money? Why would you tell someone to do something they can’t do? Is that what is going on here? Or is there something else?
To answer this, we should consider the people Jesus approached and whom He welcomed when they approached Him. As you flip through the stories in the Gospels, you start to recognize that there was a certain type of person with whom Jesus interacted and to whom He showed favor.
While teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum, Jesus cast out an evil spirit from a possessed man. He approached a paralyzed man in the synagogue on the Sabbath and healed him. On His way to see Jairus’ sick daughter, Jesus stopped to find the lady who touched Him so He could speak to her. Then, at one point, He corrected His disciples for keeping the children away from Him. In fact, He explained that the kingdom of God belongs to those who are like children.
So what we find is that God gives grace wherever there is a dependent thirst for it. Yes, He calls us to come to Him. And when we respond in faith, He gives everything we need to come to Him. Augustine captured this idea in these words: “Give what you command, and command what you will.”
Pause and Reflect
• List three things in your life that seem impossible.
• Ask God to give you the grace, the peace, the wisdom, and the strength needed to face those situations and work through them.