“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”Isaiah 55:2
Cool Ranch Doritos and Hot Tamales.
These are my two favorite junk foods. I could eat them all day, every day. They taste amazing, but I know they have no nutritional value. If I did in fact eat them all day, every day, I could not sit and wonder why my body’s not healthy. I can’t stuff myself endlessly on these or any other junk foods and walk away healthy. Eventually, my body will pay the price.
Nutritionally, our bodies need good, healthy food.
Spiritually, our souls need the best food.
There are many spiritual junk foods that seem appealing on the surface but ultimately don’t satisfy our souls. Pornography, endless digital entertainment, sports, comforts of life, the news, even good works done apart from faith in Jesus Christ can all pull us away from the best food we need if we’re not careful.
Isaiah 55:2 calls us not to give our lives to these things because ultimately they will be of no use to us. In the end, they will not satisfy us. Instead, Isaiah invites us to rest in what’s best. He invites us to delight ourselves in the good, rich food of God’s Word.
Through God’s Word we find hope and rest in God himself. We find the gospel – “the joyful message from God that leads us to salvation.” (Stiles, Evangelism) We see the extensive lengths God goes to display his glory in redeeming sinners through the cross of Jesus Christ. It’s in the Word made flesh – Christ himself – that we find our peace (Ephesians 2:14a). And it’s in the Word recorded – the Bible – that we find Christ revealed to us.
God says through Isaiah, “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.” (Isaiah 55:3a)
Our souls live by hearing. Just as God spoke all life into existence at creation by the power of his Word, so too today his Word brings new life to the heart of the sinner and renewed life to the heart of the believer who turns to it. Our souls need to feast daily instead of nibbling occasionally.
So how’s your diet? Are you feasting on the good, rich food of God’s Word that your soul desperately needs? Or are you sprinkling the Bible onto an otherwise junk food diet?
Don’t settle for Bible sprinkles. Delight yourself in what’s best for your soul. “Hear, that your soul may live.”
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”Psalm 119:103