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. – Isaiah 55:2 ESV
This is the message I needed to hear today. There are so many conflicting voices, most of the usually negative, in my head right now that it’s a good reminder to know who I need to turn to for truth and sustenance.
In Isiah 55:2, the imagery makes even more of a statement when you think of it as an analogy with eating real food. The statement “Listen diligently to me” is followed by, “and eat what is good.” Just by listening to the Lord’s words we are being fed. We can hear Him and be filled and full. But we also must choose to “eat” them; if the food is left on the table, it does our bodies no good. We must meditate on them, think on them (like we’d chew on food) and then we make it apart of us (swallowing it).
The next part of it is “delight yourself in rich food.” This is a wonderful thought too, that when we are dining on the words of the Lord and being filled up with nourishment that is meaningful and lasting, it will be a joy. We will be able to find happiness in being near Him and listening to what He’s saying.
“If our own doubts are not enough to stop us from getting up, then there will always be a multitude of other voices trying to keep us down. Unfortunately, it is often the voices of those who are closest to us that echo the loudest and to which we tend to listen most.
“We must determine to listen to the voice of the Lord more than any other voice in our lives.” – Christine Caine’s First Things First devotional 11/12/2015
I recently heard a bestselling author, Andy Andrews, telling about some advice that he was given, “Just because you think it doesn’t make it true.” This may seem simple on one hand, but it is very difficult in real life to implement that truth in a meaningful way.
We often never question ourselves or what we’re thinking or why we’re doing something. If someone else is doing something that challenges our perspective in some way, we either dismiss them or get defensive. But, as Christine Caine points out in her devotional, “we must DETERMINE to listen to the voice of the Lord” (emphasis mine).
We must be willing to get rid of the mental and spiritual food we’re chewing on that isn’t from the Lord and won’t satisfy. We must intentionally practice looking back and forth between our beliefs and our reality to make sure that they are in line. Do we believe something and do something else? Are we saying one thing and doing another? Only the power of the Lord and His words can bring us into alignment and let the truth come through us and into our choices.