“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. 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.” - Isaiah 55:2-3
The Lord asks us a challenging question. Are you spending your time and money on things which ultimately do not satisfy the depth of your soul? He goes on to enlighten us with the promise that His faithful love can bring us the deepest delight. Personally, I know this is true, but it is so easy to give into the temptation to not devote myself to being close to God. To be devoted, I must be disciplined to go to bed on time so that I can get up early enough to be alone with Him before my family wakes up and needs me to tend to their needs. It also requires that I keep my cell phone off, avoid my “to do list,” and focus on Him rather than the tasks of the day.
God is quite serious when He expresses His desire that we prioritize being close to Him. Isaiah 55 tells us to give ear to Him and listen. Yes, that means not just talking, writing, singing and reading, but take the time after meditating on His Word to be silent and just listen. Give Him the opportunity to impress on your heart and mind some wonderful Truth, Promise, word of encouragement, or impression of love, peace, joy, hope and strength.
I love how David says in Psalm 62:11-12: “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord are loving.” He takes the time to listen as he is meditating and the result is that God impresses on his heart the Truth that God is strong and loving. This was just the encouragement that David needed. Sister, God wants to speak to you personally. Devote yourself to come close to Him. Give Him uninterrupted time and a listening ear and you will be filled with deep satisfaction.