Oct 2, 2011

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30 for 30 Day 30 | Isaiah 55:1-8

30 for 30 Day 30 | Isaiah 55:1-8

30 for 30 is a daily walk with Christ which covers thirty small sections of scripture over thirty days.  The premise of the study is to really slow down and reflect on small snippets of scripture.  Today will be focused on Isaiah 55:1-7.

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.  3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.  I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.  4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples.  5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.  6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

 

Questions:

What was the key verse from the passage, the one that jumped off the page speaking directly to you?

Verse 2 was the verse that God was speaking to me with.  “2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?”  I spent my life up until the point that I accepted Christ pursuing professional goals that I ultimately reached and surpassed.  I was getting paid an unheard of salary and was respected by my peers, but guess what, it didn’t satisfy me.  It was then that I realized that I will never be satisfied by the things of this world.  From that point on I started putting that same amount of effort into my spiritual life that I had been putting into my professional life.  What happened to me next cannot be put into words.  Over the course of 8 months or so I was transformed by the Holy Spirit working within me.  At first I thought I could make a little change and that would be good enough, but God had other plans.  It is best described by this C.S. Lewis quote:

“The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself. The process may be long, and in parts, painful, but that is what we are in for; nothing less.” – C. S. Lewis

After God started to live inside me, I experienced a feeling that I had never felt before . . . . satisfaction, fulfillment and peace.

Are there any actions to take in my own life to better serve God?

The action to be taken is to stop wasting time on things that ultimately do not matter and start focusing your energy on things above.  “6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”

Is there an example for me to follow?

The example to follow is eat what is good so my soul will delight in the richest of fare.

 

Have a different verse jump out at you, let me know which one and why—–Post a Comment!

  1. yes i agree. it is sooooooo easy to get side tracted in life. one starts caring/worrying about 'worldy' things that have nothing to do with salvation. all we can do is 're focus' and get back on tract toward God. like everything else, it takes time and practice to stay on tract. keep at it and it will become easier

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