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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Purchasing Power

Isaiah 55:1,2a "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?" The offer and invitation to accept a gift without price, meaning beyond our ability to pay, an invitation to acquire not only the basic need of water (refreshing power of the Holy Spirit), but more so, the wine (blessings of salvation) and the milk (the abundance of that grace) for strength and vitality. The absolute grace of God, the purchase of that which can never be paid, except by the giver of the gift.
It is a given fact that all men thirst, we thirst for power, strength and gold, we desire the adoration and respect of men for our achievements, we wish to be revered and acknowledged for our wisdom, we desire to dominate and control, and we amuse ourselves contrary to reality that in some fashion these things are done by us in our lifetimes. The thirst for these things satisfies for the interim period of life, but the realization that significance and heroic value is as vain and frail as the glass of the mirror which reflects our image will eventually rise up in our hearts. This realization is what Solomon wrote about in Ecclesiastes 1; David wrote in Psalms 39:5 " You have made my days as hand breadths, and my age is as nothing before You, certainly every man at his best state is but vapor (mere breath, vanity)."
Isaiah 5:13 "Therefore my people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge, their honorable men are famished, and their multitude is parched with thirst"; Isaiah 29:8 "It shall be even as when a hungry man dreams - and behold-- he is eating; but when he awakes, and his soul is still empty; or as when a thirsty man dreams - and behold-- he drinks; but when he awakes, and indeed he is faint, and his soul still craves..."
Have we all not at one time or another in our lives despaired for the lack of significance, the vanity of our existence, the frailty of life, the lack of value, to lose hope and expectation for importance.
Then God speaks.
"Is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver?" Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." "Jesus answered...'whosoever drinks of the water which I shall give him shall never thirst for ever, but the water which I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water, springing up into eternal life." Without being heretical, this is just a lot of rhetoric, without a catalyst to understanding. There has to be a critical moment, a crisis, something of earth shattering, rock-crumbling significance that changes the mind-set to one that gives up the pursuit of worldly meaning to one which seeks significance in light of eternity, a concept not totally foreign, but definitely a paradigm shift in thought from a world view possessed by most men. How does God speak at this time? Who speaks?
I believe that this is where we come into the picture. This is the role we play. Our story, my story, told in honesty, revealing the truth of who God is, and how He wants to slacken the thirst of the world.
Proverbs 23:23 "Buy the truth, do not sell it; (use or expend any energy, effort or resource) get/also wisdom, instruction and understanding." [See Proverbs 1:5; 4:5.7; 18:15]

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