Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David. Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:10-15 ESV
If you read stories about fairy people, you know that they like to play tricks on human beings. One trick they play is to bring people into their underground homes and show them glorious banquets spread out that have the most delicious food to eat and wine to drink. The people are excited to taste this fairy food and drink, and help themselves to the banquet. But later they will wake up alone, above ground and out of the fairy world, and find that they’ve been chewing on sticks and leaves and drinking muddy water. Fairy food is only a trick, and it can’t satisfy real hunger or thirst.
The prophet Isaiah talked about food and drink that God freely gives to people who are hungry and thirsty. This food is the finest and richest of food, and the drink is like pure, sparkling springs of water and the finest wine and creamiest milk. What God has to offer isn’t a trick. His love and grace and forgiveness are very costly, but he gives them to us freely. The kind of food and drink we can work for and provide for ourselves can never really satisfy us. We will only get hungry and thirsty again. But what God gives us will satisfy us completely and forever.
Jesus came to pay for the love God gives us. He gave his life for us on the cross so that we could be God’s people and have eternal life with him in heaven. We could never hope to earn God’s love and forgiveness, and without God we can never find satisfaction or the life in his heavenly kingdom that lasts forever. But God gives it to us freely because of Jesus. Our life with Jesus will satisfy us, now and always.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the food and drink that satisfies us and lasts forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.