Twinkies and Candy Bars

Isaiah 55:1-2

“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.

 “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”  That is a question we all should ask ourselves every day, and then we should honestly answer it.

We expend so much energy and spend the days of our lives chasing that which does not feed us.  Oh, we may put food on the table and fill our stomachs to the point of uncomfortable pain, but what have we bought with our money?  And by money, I believe Isaiah is talking about our lives, the gift we have been given by God.

Life is a gift, no one bought their life.  No one planned to be born.  Life was given to you at no charge.  This is why Isaiah says: “…and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come by wine and milk without money and without price.”

The wine and milk is your life and your ability to live a righteous life.  The only cost is the time which you were given on this earth.  That time is more precious than any commodity in the universe.  You can lose millions of dollars, you can lose diamonds and gold, you can lose every possession you have, but you can always regain those worldly things.  However, time once spent is gone forever.

Isaiah asks, why do you spend your time chasing frivolous things that mean nothing and are worth nothing? Why do you spend your time on things that cannot feed your soul, things that cannot feed your appetite for righteousness?

Some never have an appetite for righteousness. Some end up spending a lifetime chasing Twinkies and candy bars, empty calories that fill our hearts with fat and choke off the space where God should reside.

But if you have an appetite for God and righteousness you can have your fill at no charge.  No worldly items are required.  The only commodity required is that which we all have, time.  The only cost is spending your time on seeking God and righteousness.  There are no taxes or hidden fees.

Be diligent in your pursuit of God and righteousness.  A person who has nothing, has all of this at their disposal.  We all have twenty four hours in a day.

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